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It's May the Fourth, and Kansas has a new favorite 'Star Wars' character

Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper high-five fans who waited all day for the first showing of the seventh “Star Wars” movie at the east Warren Theatre on Thursday. (Dec. 17, 2015)
Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper high-five fans who waited all day for the first showing of the seventh “Star Wars” movie at the east Warren Theatre on Thursday. (Dec. 17, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Friday is "Star Wars" Day, or May the Fourth, and Kansas has a new favorite character — Darth Vader.

Vader overtook bounty hunter Boba Fett as this year's most popular character in the Sunflower State.

Kansas isn't the only galaxy — err, state — where Lord Vader rules. He is the most popular character in 27 states, according to Decluttr's analysis of Google Trends data from the past year.

A year ago, Boba Fett was listed as the favorite character of Kansans based off votes on Ranker.com, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

That may come as a surprise after the Twitter campaign last week trying to entice Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill to visit the state.

After Hamill tweeted that he had never been to Kansas but wanted to visit, Gov. Jeff Colyer suggested May 4 and Trooper Ben Gardner offered to let the Jedi drive his patrol car.

Skywalker is the favorite character in only six states, including Colorado, on the Decluttr list, even though he was arguable the main character of "The Last Jedi," which came out in December. On Ranker, the farm boy turned Jedi knight is now the fifth most popular.

Han Solo, who wasn't the favorite in any state, may be the favorite in Wichita. Actor Harrison Ford regularly visits the Air Capital to have his airplane serviced.

Solo is also the title character of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which comes out later this month. He's fourth on Ranker.

Chewbacca could also stake a claim on Wichita — or at least Goddard — after Tanganyika Wildlife Park named a baby sloth after the wookie in "Star Wars, Episode TWP: A Zoo Hope."

There are also people in Wichita who follow the Jedi path who probably are not pleased that Vader is the favorite. Then again, the Jedi Code does say, "There is no emotion."

Kylo Ren and Rey are the only other characters to lay claim to a state on the Decluttr list. Missouri is among Rey's seven states, and Nebraska is one of 10 that most like Kylo — the Darth Vader wannabe.

On the Ranker list, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes the top spot, followed by Vader and Yoda.

(FILE VIDEO -- FEBRUARY 3, 2017) Actor Harrison Ford ate breakfast at Doo-Dah Diner.

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