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Of Primary Interest to Kansas Voters: a summary of last week's primary election results in Kansas

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Friday, August 7, 2020

One week ago, Kansas citizens wound their way to the polls to cast their votes in the 2020 primary election. The Kansas race that drew the most attention was for U.S. Senate in which Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall distanced himself from 10 other primary hopefuls. His main competition (Kris Kobach, Bob Hamilton & David Linstrom) had decent showings, but none were able to crack the 30 percent mark. Marshall heads to the general election against the Democratic nominee State Senator Barbara Bollier who coasted to the democratic nomination with 86 percent of the vote. At this moment Bollier has a fundraising advantage over Marshall but Marshall has time to catch up. It has been over 80 years since Kansas sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.

The other big election was the three-man race for the 2nd Congressional District. Here, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner outpaced incumbent Steve Watkins and Dennis Taylor. LaTurner, a Republican, will face off against Democratic candidate, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla.

The local primary races saw conservative Republicans win six of seven contested races against incumbents.

Senator                                                    Primary Winner

Ed Berger R-Hutchinson                        Mark Steffen, R-Hutchinson

Bruce Givens R-El Dorado                     Michael Fagg, R-El Dorado

Dan Goddard R-Parsons                        Virgil Peck, R-Havana

Randall Hardy R-Salina                           Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina

John Skubal R-Overland Park                Rep. Kellie Warren, R-Leawood

Mary Jo Taylor R-Stafford                      Rep. Alicia Straub, R-Ellinwood

Rep. Brenda Dietrich was able to defeat incumbent Sen. Erik Rucker in Senate District 20.

The House saw a similar pattern with conservative Republicans outpacing their more moderate counterparts.

Representative                                       Primary Winner

Diana Dierks R-Salina                             Steven Howe, R-Salina

Jim Karleskint R-Tonganoxie                 Lance Neelly, R-Tonganoxie

Jan Kessinger R-Overland Park             Jane Dirks, R-Overland Park

J.C. Moore R-Clearwater                       Brian Bergkamp, R-Haysville

Incumbent democrats may only lose one race where Rep. Stan Frownfelter is losing to Aaron Coleman by a single vote; a recount appears inevitable.

Democrats are optimistic about their general election chances in the Senate but even a strong showing leaves conservative in charge. It will create difficulties for Medicaid Expansion, budget issues and COVID response. Gov. Kelly will most likely have to deal with an even more conservative legislative branch for the next 24 months.

Tags:  2020 Primary election results  2nd District Congressional race  Author: Joseph N. Molina III  State House primary results  State Senate primary results  U.S. Senate race 

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