The Latest on the midterm election in Kansas (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Republican Kansas Secretary of Kris Kobach says voter turnout appears to be heavy.

Kobach talked to reporters Tuesday in Lecompton as he cast his own ballot for governor. He is running for the seat against Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly. She is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach’s hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Lines have been reported in locations that include Salina.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.

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7:05 a.m.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, photo, Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach waves at people during the Overland Park fall festival parade in Overland Park, Kan. Kobach faces Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman in the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2018, photo, Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach waves at people during the Overland Park fall festival parade in Overland Park, Kan. Kobach faces Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman in the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Voters have started casting ballots in Kansas’ closely watched governor’s race and in two hotly contested U.S. House seats.

The race for governor between Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly was a toss-up in the campaign’s final weekend. Kelly is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach’s hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left. A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman.

In eastern Kansas, incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder is facing a formidable challenge from Democratic newcomer Sharice Davids, who would be the nation’s first LGBT Native American in Congress. And Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis are battling for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

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6:25 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. is urging voters in a robocall to vote for Republican Steve Watkins in a hotly contested Kansas congressional race and describes the novice candidate as “my Dad’s good friend.”

The call going out to voters Monday in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas is from the Kansans Can Do Anything political action committee. It has been financed mainly by the candidate’s father.

The seat is held by retiring five-term Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and President Donald Trump carried the district easily 2016. But the Democratic nominee is former Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis and the race is close.

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, arrives at her primary watch party in Topeka, Kan. Kelly faces Republican Kris Kobach and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman for the Kansas governor's seat in the Nov. 6 election. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, arrives at her primary watch party in Topeka, Kan. Kelly faces Republican Kris Kobach and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman for the Kansas governor’s seat in the Nov. 6 election. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

The president has endorsed Watkins and in the call, the president’s son urges voters to “keep Kansas red.” Watkins is a former Army officer and government contractor.

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10:19 a.m.

Kansas voters will decide whether to promote to governor Kris Kobach, an ally of President Donald Trump, who wants to crack down on immigrants living in the state illegally and resume conservative tax-cutting policies that critics labeled a failure.

Republican Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, says he would slash spending and seek tax cuts like those championed by unpopular former Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012-13.

His Democratic opponent, state Sen. Laura Kelly, has made her opposition to such tax cuts the centerpiece of her campaign.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.

Source: The Associated Press

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