By Adam Strunk
With all county results in, the Republican Primary victor for the Kansas House of Representatives District 72 seat remains to close to call.
Avery Anderson has received 1,263 votes in the race, a 39-vote lead over Newton City Commissioner Kathy Valentine in the district consisting of Harvey County and a small part of rural Butler County.
“I knew it would be a super tight race between Kathy and myself,” Anderson said. “People would ask me constantly how I felt like it was going to go. I was hoping that I have a chance at the end of the night.”
The race is not over however. County Clerk Rick Piepho said that around 400 advanced ballots in the district could still come in the mail, and there were also some hand count and provisional ballots to be counted.
“I don’t think anywhere near that number is going to come in and most will likely break how the others went,” Piepho said.
Mail-in ballots will still be counted by the county up until Friday as long as the ballots have a post mark before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
This is not the first time District 72 has had voters waiting on counts after the election. In 2018, Republican Steve Kelly led Democrat Tim Hodge after all the advanced, early and election day ballots had been counted on election day, only to lose when all the mail-in and provisional ballots were counted later in the week.
Results will be made official during a canvassing of the county election board.
Lance Gormley finished in third place with 16 percent of the vote and Dwight McAdow finished with 13 percent of the vote.
In more decided matters, Don Schroeder will replace Ron Krehbiel as the county commissioner for the Harvey County third district, winning 48 percent of the vote. Michael Weber had 30 percent of the vote and Roger Lowery had 21 percent of the vote.
Piepho said it was also highly likely that Christy Schunn would be on the general election ballot as the Democratic nominee for the County Commission second district. He said all the write in votes hadn’t been counted yet, but with 706 write in votes written and her name showing up on many of the ballots, it would be likely she had the 400 she needed to get on the ballot.
In total 8,125 ballots were counted, which amounts to a 35.5 percent turnout.
For U.S. Senate races Roger Marshal will represent Republicans in the state Senate Race and Barbara Bollier will represent candidates in the race.
For the U.S. Representatives Race Laura Lombard will represent the Democratic Party, and Ron Estes will represent the Republican Party.