Voters head to the polls in Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – 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.

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.

Conservative Republicans hope to give GOP Gov. Sam Brownback an opportunity to remake the Kansas Supreme Court even as they face a political backlash over the state’s budget problems that could oust his allies from the Legislature. Five of the Supreme Court’s seven justices were on the ballot in Tuesday’s election. Democrats were looking to pick up legislative seats.