WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Kris Kobach has won the race for Kansas attorney general. The Associated Press called the race at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The race pitted the long-time politician against political newcomer Chris Mann.

Mann has not conceded the race yet. He posted a message just before 11 a.m. saying that the race is still too close to call.

“There are tens of thousands of Kansas voters who mailed their ballots in before election day,” he wrote. “They deserve for their votes to be counted as the law allows. That is essential to democracy.”

Kobach posted a message to Facebook Wednesday morning, thanking his supporters:

Thank you to my supporters, the voters of Kansas, and my team for all the hard work on this campaign. Now that the race has been called, it’s time to get to work tackling the fentanyl crisis and pushing back against the Biden Administration’s illegal mandates.”

Kris Kobach, Kansas Attorney General-elect

Republican Kobach was elected twice as Kansas secretary of state but then lost in his attempts to become governor in 2018 and a U.S. senator in 2020.

“Everyone loves a comeback story, and I am grateful to Kansas voters for giving me this opportunity to serve and for putting their trust in me. I look forward to defending the rights of all Kansans as your Attorney General,” Kobach said.

Kobach spoke to his supporters just before midnight Tuesday, saying he felt confident he would win since the counties that still hadn’t reported numbers are traditionally Republican counties. He thanked his opponent and voters for putting their trust in him.

“Now, I know my victor is not about me, it’s about a desire to save our state and safe our country, and I am so honored that so many Kansans have put their trust in me, in that endeavor, in this movement and I can’t thank the voters enough,” he said.

This election was Democrat Mann’s first attempt at running for public office. He is a former police officer and former prosecutor in northeast Kansas. Mann is currently in private practice.

Mann released a statement late Tuesday saying the race was still too close to call. He went on to thank his supporters.

I am deeply humbled by your support and hard work. I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran this year. I’ve never been a candidate before, I’ve always been a law enforcement guy first. And this year has been memorable in so many ways.

“Looking ahead, this will be a late night and a long few days. Votes will continue to be counted until Friday. That is the law. We’ll continue to watch closely as votes come in and are counted in counties across the state. We’ll make sure every vote is counted. And we will make sure Kris Kobach follows the rules.

“Again, thank you for everything you’ve done to support me. We will keep fighting for you.”

Chris Mann, Democrat for Kansas Attorney General

The KSN News/Emerson College/The Hill poll conducted 10 days ago showed Mann leading Kobach 44% to 43%, with 11% of potential voters still undecided. The margin of error was +/- 3 percentage points.