Kansas voters deciding state's next governor

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Five gubernatorial candidates say they're the right choice to move Kansas forward. That's the one thing every candidate has in common. Mixed and matched, there are also varying degrees of agreement on several issues from taxes, school funding, healthcare, immigration and marijuana legalization.

Libertarian Jeff Caldwell, Independents Rick Kloos and Greg Orman, Democrat Laura Kelly and Republican Kris Kobach appear on the ballot. Orman joined Kelly and Kobach in making a final push to voters in south central Kansas Monday, but realistically, polls say, this race is a toss up between two: Kelly and Kobach.

On Monday in Wichita, Kelly, Kobach and Orman delivered their final messages to their supporters.

Kobach, largely in support of President Donald Trump's policies on several key issues at the federal level, says he's the only choice for Kansas and tells voters, "what you see is what you get."

"In my case, I'm going to give you exactly what I'm telling you," he says. "I won't back down. I won't change my tune."

From her role as a state senator, Kelly touts her opposition to former governor Sam Brownback's tax policies she blames for causing financial difficulties for Kansas. She opposes Kobach on several key issues, but has ran her campaign largely tying Kobach with Brownback and warning that the former governor's policies will continue to damage the state if Kobach becomes governor.

"I think I made it clear from the day I got into this campaign that I will be a governor for all Kansans," she says.

As an Independent, Orman's overall message is that Kansas needs to break from the status quo to move forward. He's highlighted his success as a businessman and compares being governor to CEO of Kansas. With this view, he's indicated neither Kelly nor Kobach are right for the job.

"I don't want big government and high taxes and I don't want to shrink the government," he says. "I want better government and I believe I'm the person who can deliver this to the people of Kansas."

Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters have until that time to get in line to vote.

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