Democrats take key races
Leavenworth County voters sided with winners in two of three marquee races on Tuesday.
Voters here backed the victorious incumbent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison in the race for Kansas attorney general. But county voters backed Republican Jim Ryun, seeking re-election as 2nd District congressman who lost to Democrat Nancy Boyda overall.
¢ With all 43 of the county's precincts reporting, Sebelius had garnered 63 percent of the vote. Statewide, with 3,289 of 3,290 precincts reporting, Sebelius was leading Republican Jim Barnett with 58 percent of the vote. The Associated Press declared Sebelius the winner at 8:26 p.m., and she declared victory shortly before 11 p.m.
¢ With all 43 of the county's precincts reporting, Ryun had received 49 percent of the vote, edging Boyda by about 125 votes in the county; across the district, with 818 of 819 precincts in, Boyda was leading with 51 percent of the vote. The AP declared Boyda the winner at 10:52 p.m.
¢ With all 43 of the county's precincts reporting, Morrison had received 60 percent of the vote; Statewide he was leading Republican incumbent Attorney General Phill Kline with 58 percent of the vote. The Associated Press declared Morrison the winner at 10:13 p.m.
A single precinct from Coffey County was all that was holding up the statewide totals.
In other races statewide,
¢ Incumbent Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh (R) defeated Democratic challenger David Haley with 64 percent of the vote.
¢ Incumbent Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger (R) defeated Democratic challenger Bonnie Sharp with 64 percent of the vote.
¢ Incumbent State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) defeated Democratic challenger Larry Wilson with 65 percent of the vote.
In the lone local race, for 1st District Leavenworth County commissioner, Republican J.C. Tellefson defeated Democrat Ed Sass, 2,282 to 2,034.
All of the results are unofficial.