This campaign season seemed, at times, to be one long, loud political ad – interrupted frequently by robocalls.
But the long blasts of rhetoric and mailboxes full of vitriol came to an end Tuesday, as politicians and their supporters headed first to the polls and then to watch parties.
Eagle reporters and photographers, with cameras and phones in hand, went along to the parties and gatherings. Reporters made the rounds in Wichita, hitting the elections office as well as events for candidates and the sales tax issue.
They also worked Republican parties in Topeka, the Greg Orman event in Overland Park, and a Democratic watch party in Lawrence for Paul Davis. They reported on the election-night happenings through Twitter. Here’s a sampling of their tweets:
Carrie Rengers at 5:54 p.m. – Don Barry of Wells Fargo isn’t partying tonight: “I am so sick of politics that I am staying where I can have a mute button!”
Rengers at 5:57 p.m. – Bob Knight on campaigning: “I will be relieved because I’m tired of it, as I think most functioning homo sapiens are.
Fred Mann at 6:45 p.m. – About 40 Dems chillin at Loft 150 in Old Town now. (Secretary of state candidate) Jean Schodorf and most Ks. House candidates expected.
Bryan Lowry at 6:48 p.m. – (Libertarian gubernatorial candidate) Keen Umbehr crashed Brownback’s party. The Libertarians are set up right across the hall from GOP.
Rengers at 7:04 p.m. –At the Dems party at Loft 150. Don’t know a single person in this brightly lit place. Bystander: That’s because they hide all year.
Deb Gruver at 7:19 p.m. – Lots of people mingling at the Sedgwick County Republican Party party. They’re watching FOX News for election results.
Gruver at 7:24 p.m. – @mikepompeo talking with folks at Sedgwick County Republican Party party. So far no sign of host @JerryMoran.
Lowry at 7:29 p.m. –Kelly Arnold, state GOP chair, says party is functioning at its “most hi octane level we’ve ever had.”
Rick Plumlee at 7:30 p.m. – (Sedgwick County election commissioner Tabitha) Lehman: County server crashed at 7:04 p.m., 1 minute before ready to post advance ballots. That’s why advance votes aren’t up.
Plumlee at 7:37 p.m. –Lehman: Server now up and going. Should start showing shortly.
Suzanne Tobias at 7:39 p.m. – Davis supporters encouraged by early returns. Still prepping for long night.
Rengers at 7:54 p.m. – Finally people I know at the Yes party. Chuck Chandler. Sheryl Wohlford. Mark Chamberlin. Angie Prather. And a whole lotta reporters
Gruver at 7:45 p.m. – Lots of people wearing red “Fire Harry Reid” stickers at the Sedgwick County Republican Party party.
Lowry at 7:54 p.m. – So to update @DionKansas is in OP (Overland Park) with Orman, @SuzanneTobias is in Lawrence with Davis and I’m here in Topeka with Roberts/Brownback.
Tobias at 8:24 p.m. – Former governor Kathleen Sebelius at Davis watch party.
Lowry at 8:31 p.m. – Asked Keen why he chose to have his party at same hotel: “We wanted to make it easy for Brownback to come over and shake my hand.”
Dion Lefler at 8:36 p.m. – Emotions up and down here at Orman Central as see-saw battle continues with Roberts, who’s now slightly up.
Plumlee at 8:57 p.m. – Nearly 9 p.m. and still long line of poll judges turning in their ballots at county office for tallying.
Lowry at 9:11 p.m. – Not much sign of the Roberts people at GOP event. Even though they’re ahead. Team Brownback is out in force. They’re still confident.
Plumlee at 9:21 p.m. – Maybe just me, but seems like in 2014 should be faster way to get ballots from polls to counting site.
Rengers at 9:22 – There’s a baby ready to be kissed by the stage at the Republican party. Alas, there are no candidates.
Kelsey Ryan at 9:34 – @jonrolph says the @YesWichita campaign is conceding the election for sales tax.
Compiled by Julie Doll