Derek Schmidt Sails Through Kansas GOP Governor's Primary, Setting Up Face-Off with Democrat Gov. Kelly

Derek Schmidt Sails Through Kansas GOP Governor’s Primary, Setting Up Face-Off with Democrat Gov. Kelly


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt won the Republican primary race for governor in his state on Tuesday and will now compete in the general election against incumbent Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly.

Schmidt breezed through the primary, garnering 80 percent of the vote with 79 percent of precincts reporting at the time of this publishing, according to the New York Times race results. Kelly, too, easily won her primary with 94 percent of the vote and 92 percent of precincts reporting, per the Times’ results.

Schmidt, a native Kansan who has served as attorney general since 2011, thanked his supporters in a statement after his victory, saying it is an “honor to join the ranks of those few Kansans who have had the privilege of

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