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The 2014 Primary elections on Tuesday resulted in a few surprising wins in some local races.

One of the bigger surprises in the state was right here in the democratic race for the 42nd Kansas House District.  18-year-old Austin Lee Harris beat out Harold Fevurly Jr. 56% to 44%.

Austin Lee Harris

Austin Lee Harris (D-Tonganoxie) will face Connie O’Brien (R-Tonganoxie) in November (photo courtesy the Harris campaign)

“I knew it would be close, but we are all extremely happy that we came out on top,” an exited Harris Tuesday evening.  Harris was a little awestruck when we asked him what it’s like to be one election away from the Kansas State House.

“It’s just a whirlwind,” Harris said. “This just goes to show you that age doesn’t matter.  We are proud of this accomplishment.”

Harris now will need to prepare himself to take on a political veteran when he goes against 3 term incumbent Connie O’Brien. “A lot of moderate Republicans feel disenfranchised,” Harris said. “Voters need to take a look at her record and make the best determination of who to vote for.”

Harold Fevurly Jr. was a little taken aback when he learned he lost the election. We contacted Fevurly late Tuesday night for a comment about his loss and his response was simple: “I lost?  Well, the voters chose, that’s democracy”.

The other closely contested race involved the Insurance Commissioner’s office.  Area resident Beverly Gossage came in a close second to CPA Ken Selzer (Leawood) for the Republican nomination in the race.  The field was crowded with 5 contestants running for the GOP nomination. Selzer won the race with 27%, while Gossage pulled 23%. Clark Shultz came in third right behind Gossage also with 23%. David Powell finished a distant fourth with 17% and John Toplikar rounded out the field with 10%.  Selzer will now face off against Dennis Anderson (Overland Park), the sole Democrat in the race.

In the 2nd District U.S. House race, Congress woman Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) had no problem defeating her opponent Josh Tucker 69% to 31%.

First of all, I want to thank Joshua Tucker for having the courage to run. It’s a tough business sometimes and while we may have our disagreements I suspect even he would agree that as Republicans we generally agree on the issues that matter most,” Jenkins said in a phone interview with Eudorareporter.com. “I’m glad the primary is behind us and I look forward to the election in November.”

Jenkins will have a fight on her hands. Margie Wakefield (D-Lawrence) who was unopposed in the primary race, has an active campaign against Jenkins going already. Wakefield has come out against many of Jenkins’ votes in the House.

“I haven’t heard what she for yet,” Jenkins said. “I’ve heard what she’s against in regards to my record.  I’ve heard her say one day I do nothing and then the next it’s I did this or that.  You can’t have it both ways.”

In other races, most came out as expected but the margins of victory were closer than anticipated. Governor Sam Brownback won 63% to 37%. Political pundits told us that while Brownback’s win was all but certain, the margin of victory would be something to watch.  Anything below 70% likely means that Brownback may have some difficulty in November in his race against Paul Davis (D-Topeka).

In the Senate race Democrat Chad Taylor (Topeka) narrowly defeated Patrick Wiesner 53% to 47%. On the Republican side, Pat Roberts (Dodge City) edged Milton Wolf (Leawood) 48% to 41%.  D.J. Smith finished with 6% and Alvin Zahtner picked up 5%.

For Secretary of State, Kris Kobach (Piper) defeated Scott Morgan (Lawrence) 65% to 35%.

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Rep. Anthony Brown (R-Eudora)

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Republicans in Douglas and Leavenworth County spoke loud and clear on Tuesday in their choice for a candidate from the 3rd Senate District in Kansas. Anthony Brown won with 68% of the vote 3,111 against J.C. Tellefson’s 1,434.

“It was a good old fashioned butt whooping,” Tellefson said. “I’m very disappointed. I think I had the best chance at beating Tom Holland. My message obviously did not resonate with the voters.”

Brown, who attended festivities at the Republican Initiative offices in Lawrence, was happy with the outcome.

“Obviously, it was a very good night.  I am really excited about the outcome of all the elections in the state,” Brown said.

Brown did have good words about his opponent.

“I really want to congratulate J.C. fora great campaign. He was focused on the issues and did not get into gutter politics.”

Brown will now take on incumbent Senator Tom Holland. Holland is looking for a second term as Senator.

“We need to reunite the Republican party and have a good solid campaign talking about the issues including jobs, reform of state government and the state budget.”

Tellefson, who now plans to focus on caring for an older family member, may be in the mood for some travel also.

“I may have not won the Super Bowl, but I’m just gonna go to Disneyland,” Tellefson said.

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3:30PM Update:

With Primary Day two-thirds of the way complete, voter totals are showing slightly less than the 13% of 2010.

West Eudora has been the largest turnout so far today with 79% of 2010 totals. North Eudora is a slight bit over 75%.  South and Central Eudora are around 55% of the previous primary total voters.  There is some expectation that the South and Central precincts will pick up as these homes are primarily occupied by commuters.

Election results will start to come in shortly after the polls close and we will have all the up to the minute results here. “Refresh” will be your friend tonight 🙂

Original Story:

Voters head to the polls today to cast votes in both Democratic and Republican primaries. Democrats will be choosing who will oppose Representative Lynn Jenkins in November for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District and Republicans will be making a decision on who will represent them heading into the general election for both the Kansas House 42nd District and Senate 3rd District.

Voter turnout is a slight bit lighter in Eudora than the 2010 primary.  In the 2010 primary, 748 voters went cast ballots which yielded a 13% turnout.

As of 11:00AM, in West Eudora, the average is on pace to equal 2010. So far, 100 people had turned up to vote. 208 turned out in 2010. In North Eudora, 49 have headed to City Hall to cast a ballot.  This is about 40% of the turnout for the previous primary.  South Eudora has had 102 voters, which is approximately 39% of the 2010 voters and in Central Eudora, only 51 voters have so far headed to the polls. This is slightly over 32% as compared to 2010.   Normally, many voters either head to the booths prior to going to work or after they return home.

Polls will be open until 7:00 PM this evening.  We will be bringing you up to the minute results from today’s election into the evening on the web site. Make sure to check back often.

 

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