Voters choose new judge in primary election

Tim Dupree

After the lead changed hands throughout the evening, Wyandotte County voters chose a new judge, Timothy Dupree.

The close vote in the three-way judge race was Dupree, 3,207 votes, with 39.5 percent; Courtney Mikesic, 2,843, with 35 percent; and James Yoakum, 2,070, with 25.5 percent. There is no Republican candidate in the general election.

The final vote totals are unofficial, and the election will be certified at a later date. Wyandotte County Democrats had a turnout of about 20 percent, while Wyandotte County Republicans had a 27.5 percent turnout.

In other contested races, Kelly Kultala of the Piper area easily won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District, over Reginald Marselus, 13,948 to 6,369. The district included Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties. She will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., in the general election.

After several earlier tries, Edwardsville city has passed a sales tax, 346-175.

In a close statewide race, with about two-thirds of the votes in, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts had a 48 percent to 41 percent margin over challenger Milton Wolf in the Republican primary. The winner of the contest will face the winner of the Democratic primary. With partial results, Chad Taylor had 53 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Patrick Wiesner’s 47 percent.

Gov. Sam Brownback won the primary contest with a 64 percent of the vote to Jennifer Winn’s 37 percent, with two-thirds of the vote counted.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach defeated Scott Morgan in the Republican primary, 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent, with two-thirds of the votes counted.

The five-way commissioner of insurance Republican primary contest saw Ken Selzer in the lead with 28 percent, Beverly Gossage second at 24 percent and Clark Shultz third at 23 percent with two-thirds of the votes in.

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