Native American Candidate’s Race Too Close to Call
As of Wednesday morning, Sharice Davids had moved about 500 votes ahead of her lead opponent in the race to represent Kansas’ Third Congressional District. The 37-year-old professional fighter and lawyer is aiming to become the first openly gay Native American woman elected to Congress. New Mexico Native American candidate Debra Haaland won her primary in June and later this month Amanda Douglas, running in Oklahoma, could also join the ranks. Davids trailed most of Tuesday night. Then returns started coming in from the largest county in Kansas' Third Congressional District, Johnson County, and that changed the tally. With 71% of 3rd District precincts reporting, Davids had 19,011 votes to Brent Welder’s 18,519. The former mixed martial arts fighter and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation was most recently a White House Fellow during the Obama administration, where she was placed in the Department of Transportation. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2007, she went on to complete law school at Harvard in 2010. She has held positions at SNR Denton, Ceiba Legal, and briefly owned a coffee company. Overnight Davids tweeted, “Still awake, #KS03?! We’re at the #JoCo Elections Office monitoring the #vote count as it happens. Stay tuned…” And so we shall. More here.