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Kansas Democrats’ endorsement streak is over

Clinton AP

Kansas started 2016 with the nation’s only perfect 50-year record of endorsing the Democratic Party’s eventual presidential nominee, according to a study by American University’s Kogod School of Business. But the Kansas streak ended this week when the Democratic National Convention awarded the nomination to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, who had won the Kansas caucuses in March with nearly 68 percent of the vote. According to the Washington Post, some Democrats chanting “Walkout!” exited the hall after Tuesday’s roll call, emptying “most of the seats in delegations from Maine, Kansas, Alaska and Oklahoma – all states Sanders won against Clinton.” For their part, Kansas Republicans, who had a 57 percent prediction rate going into this election, chose Ted Cruz over eventual nominee Donald Trump, 48 to 23 percent. – Rhonda Holman