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Primary Election Update

Friday, August 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Dyer
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Kansas was among a handful of states holding their primary elections this week. Turnout for the primary was expected to be light, with predictions that just 22% of eligible voters would make it to the polls. Current voter registration totals for Kansas are as follows:

  • 765,000 registered Republicans
  • 422,000 registered Democrats
  • 535,000 unaffiliated

Despite primary challengers in many of the races, all members of the KS Congressional delegation won their primaries and will be appearing on the November ballot. US Senator Pat Roberts also pulled out a primary victory against challenger Milton Wolf.

On the state level, the incumbent officeholders all made it through the primary. The only race without an incumbent was the race for Insurance Commissioner, which saw five candidates on the ballot to become the Republican nominee. Ken Selzer, a CPA from Leawood, eked out a victory.  Many of the incumbent state representatives were victorious in their primary efforts. Losing their primaries were incumbents Allan Rothlisberg (R-Grandview Plaza), Joe Edwards (R-Haysville), and Josh Powell (R-Topeka). Of the 125 House races, 34 candidates (27%) faced no opposition at all (automatically reelected), 15 (16%) had a Primary election-only.  So as of today, we know the names of 49 of the 125 House members for the 2015 roster (39.2%);