KANSAS CITY, MO (KTVI) - Jason Kander had hoped to give a victory speech in his U.S. Senate race against incumbent Roy Blunt.
Instead, the Democrat gave a concession speech Tuesday night to a tearful group of young supporters in Kansas City, urging them to stay invested in politics, even when results don't go their way.
Kander captured the majority of the vote in Kansas City. The day after Election Day, people in KC had mixed feelings about another six years with Republican Roy Blunt in the Senate.
"So surprised that Roy Blunt won again. Roy Blunt has had his time," said a shocked Deon Walker, a Kander supporter. "It's time for someone else."
"I voted for Roy Blunt and basically I stuck Republican," said Michelle Personelli, adding she wanted to vote with her conservative values.
Galen Mussman had some interesting insight into why he thinks Blunt was able to come away with a win in a very tight and watched race.
"I think a lot of people I know were looking at him as someone who is a known commodity. He has a long history,” he said. “Some of my Republican friends thought it was likely Hillary would be elected and they wanted to vote for him to make sure there was some sort of balance.”
Mussman said he was impressed at Kanders’ ability to capture the millennial vote and the nation’s attention with an ad that showed him assembling an assault rifle blindfolded.
"A lot of people were very impressed with Jason Kander. I've seen him speak. I was impressed with him," said Mussman. "Ultimately, rather than dragging down the ticket, I think President-elect Trump actually helped across the board, so it was a strange night.”
It was a close race until the very end. Roy Blunt took about 49% to Kander's 46% of the vote. This seat was one the Republicans were counting on to keep the Senate majority.