Kansas certifies election results showing Trump won state’s six electoral votes

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President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump watch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas officials have certified election results showing President Donald Trump won the heavily Republican state to claim the state’s six electoral votes in a year that saw historic turnout despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kansas State Board of Canvassers said on Monday that 56.21% of Kansas votes, or 771,406, were cast for Trump. Democrat Joe Biden received 41.56%, or 570,323 votes.

Kansans cast a record 1.37 million votes — a turnout rate of nearly 71%. That compares to the 2016 general election when slightly more than 67% voted.

The hotly contested U.S. Senate race was certified with Republican Roger Marshall chalking up 53.22%, or 727,962 votes, to defeat Democrat Barbara Bollier.

U.S. Reps. Sharice Davids, a Democrat, and Ron Estes, a Republican, both won re-election. New Republican U.S. House members Tracey Mann and Jake Turner were also certified.

All states must certify elections before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14, and any challenge to the results must be resolved by Dec. 8.

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