Seiwert downs Blubaugh in 101st District

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By Travis Mounts, TSnews

In House District 101, incumbent Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie) defeated challenger Jamey Lee Blubaugh. Seiwert garnered 72 percent of the vote, with 20 of 28 precincts reporting late Tuesday.
The district runs from the west edge of Wichita into southwest Reno County, including a stretch along U.S. Highway 54 that includes the cities of Garden Plain and Goddard.
There were no primaries in District 93 in Sedgwick County nor in Districts 80 and 116 in Sumner County. Incumbents Bill Rhiley (R-Belle Plaine) in District 80 and Brian Bergkamp (R-Wichita) in District 93 will be unopposed in November.
With his win in District 101, Seiwert is set to return to the Statehouse. There is no Democratic opponent in that race.
In District 116, incumbent Kyle Hoffman (R-Coldwater) will be challenged by Kirsten Lee Barger (D-Pratt). Neither had a primary opponent.
As expected, incumbent Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly won her primary, while current Attorney General Derek Schmidt won the Republican primary. They will face off in the November general election.
Kelly was leading with 94 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. Schmidt also was a runaway winner, with 80 percent of the Republican vote.
In a late development, there could be an independent candidate in the race as well.
State Sen. Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday submitted an independent petition for the governor’s race. He has been a state senator since 2005, serving for 17 years. His Senate seat is not up for re-election until 2024.
Pyle is billing himself as the fiscal and social conservative in the race, calling both Kelly, a Democrat, and Schmidt, a Republican, as “liberal.” Schmidt critics have accused him of moving to the right since becoming Attorney General and emerging as a gubernatorial candidate.
Pyle delivered nearly 8,900 signatures, which is far more than the 5,000 needed to get on the ballot as an independent, the Kansas Reflector reported. The signatures need to be verified by the Kansas Secretary of State, Scott Schwab, and county election offices.
Pyle could pull votes away from Schmidt, potentially helping Kelly win a second term.
Kathleen Garrison, a Haysville area resident who is on the Clearwater Board of Education, has been named as Pyle’s running mate.
Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach had a slight lead in the GOP battle for Attorney General. He held 41 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Kellie Warrren. Tony Mattivi was third with 21 percent.
Steven Johnson and Caryn Tyson were in a virtual tie, 50 to 50 percen
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Jerry Moran was the clear winner on the GOP ticket, with 80 percent of the vote. It appears that Mark R. Holland will be his opponent. Holland was leading with 39 percent of the vote in a crowded Democratic field that featured six candidates.
U.S. Rep. Ron Estes (R-Wichita) will face Bob Hernandez (D-Wichita) in November for the U.S. Fourth District seat. Neither faced a primary opponent.