Trump declared winner in Kansas

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8:05 p.m. 

ABC News has declared Donald Trump the Presidential winner in Kansas.  He would take the state's six electoral votes.  At 8:05 p.m., Trump lead Hillary Clinton by 13,000 votes in Kansas. 

Kansas voters have not elected a democratic Presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

7:13 p.m.

  Donald Trump has won Tennessee and its 11 electoral votes.

   Tuesday's vote is the fifth presidential contest in a row in which the state voted for the Republican candidate. That includes the 2000 election, when native son Al Gore lost the state to Republican George W. Bush.

   It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.
 

7:05 p.m. 

Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia while Republican Donald Trump has captured Oklahoma.

   Clinton was awarded Massachusetts' 11 electoral votes, 10 from Maryland, 14 from New Jersey and three each from Delaware and the nation's capital, giving her 44 for the night. Trump picked up seven from Oklahoma, giving him 31.

   The results Tuesday were not surprising. Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are two of the nation's safest Democratic strongholds.

   The last time Oklahoma went for a Democrat was 1964, when it voted for Lyndon Johnson. Maryland last went for the GOP in 1988.

   New Jersey has been a safe Democratic state for 20 years. Its governor, Chris Christie, is a close Trump ally but is saddled with low approval numbers.
 

3:50 p.m.

A tweet from Sedgwick County indicates voting at one precinct is more than double the total for the 2012 presidential election.

Westwood Presbyterian Church reported 980 votes cast at mid-afternoon. In 2012, the total was 400.

2:25 p.m.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office says the number of early ballots cast in Kansas is 47 percent higher than it was for the last presidential election in 2012.

   Kobach's office said as of early Tuesday morning, more than 505,000 Kansas voters had cast ballots by mail or in person at sites set up by county election officials.

   The figure was about 344,000 for the morning of the 2012 election.

   Kobach has predicted that a record 1.3 million voters will participate in this year's election.

   Voters have mailed in early ballots at a slightly higher rate than they did in 2012.

   Early in-person voting increased nearly 87 percent before it ended at noon Monday.

   About 332,000 people cast early ballots in-person this year. The figure for 2012 was 178,000.
 

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Republican nominee Donald Trump was expected to carry Kansas in the presidential race, and GOP Sen. Jerry Moran was headed to an easy re-election victory in Tuesday's election.

Kansas was always seen as safe for Trump because a Democrat hasn't won the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Moran faced little-known Lawrence attorney and accountant Patrick Wiesner in seeking a second, two-year term in the Senate.

Voters were likely to approve an amendment to the state constitution to protect hunting and fishing. Republicans anticipated winning all four of the state's U.S. House seats.

The state has 1.8 million registered voters. Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that a record 1.3 million of them would cast ballots for a turnout of 72 percent.
 

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  Polls have opened across Kansas in an election that some official believe will have a record number of voters casting ballots.

   Early voting was about 40 percent higher than it was before the last presidential election in 2012. Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that about 1.3 million voters would participate before polls closed Tuesday.

   In Topeka, 55-year-old contractor John Braun voted Monday at the county elections office. He's politically unaffiliated and voted for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

   He said tax issues are important to him and he doesn't like the idea of requiring someone to pay a higher income tax rate because he or she is wealthy. He said people are smart enough to do well financially, they should be allowed to keep their money.
 

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