To be fair, Ryan Derks earned an impressive 135k votes but he didn't come close to defeating Kansas City's former mayor and this town's strongest statesman.
Moreover, Mr. Derks went off the rails at the tail end of his campaign and intolerant social media ranting caused media and voters to ignore his candidacy that garnered a bit of interest earlier in the year.
Check the postscript . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II has been reelected to serve his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after defeating Republican challenger Ryan Derks. The Associated Press called the race just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Cleaver was highly favored to win the race, according to most political experts.