LGBT Native American Democrat wins Kansas race

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Four-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has been defeated by LGBT Native American Democrat Sharice Davids.

Davids excited voters and Democratic donors with her unusual profile. She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation who received a law degree from Cornell University and was a White House fellow during former President Barack Obama's administration. She is a member of the LGBT community and has fought mixed martial arts bouts.

Election results here

She won the GOP-leaning 3rd District encompassing the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City that President Donald Trump narrowly lost in 2016. He was among 25 Republican incumbents seeking re-election in a district Trump lost.

Yoder is chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

In the 2nd District, newcomer Steve Watkins rallied late in the evening to defeat Paul Davis. Watkins will replace Lynn Jenkins in Washington, D.C. 

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