There’s a new Mann in the 1st Congressional District.


Former Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann handily defeated Garden City educator Kali Barnett to earn the right to represent the sweeping western Kansas seat in Congress.


Mann was lieutenant governor from 2018-2019 after former Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer moved into the governor’s office. A commercial real estate broker, Mann also ran for the 1st District seat in 2010, losing to eventual winner Tim Huelskamp.


The 1st Congressional District is staunchly Republican, widely considered to be among the most conservative districts in the country.


The Associated Press called the race at 9:24 p.m., with Mann leading 68-32 with a little under half of all precincts reporting. Unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s Office’s website with all precincts reporting showed Mann capturing 202,449 votes, or 72%, to Barnett’s 80,300 votes, or 28%.


Kansas will accept mail ballots through Friday as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.


Barnett was seeking to be the first woman to represent the Big First in its history.