Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Two political newcomers won Democratic primaries Tuesday but admit they face challenges this fall as they seek to defeat Republican incumbents in U.S. House races.
Topeka minister Tobias Schlingensiepen won a three-way race for the party's nomination in the 2nd District, while retired Wichita court services officer Robert Tillman easily won his race in the 4th District, according to final, unofficial results.
Schlingensiepen will face Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins in November, trying to keep her from winning a third term in the eastern Kansas district. Tillman faces GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo, who is seeking his second term in the 4th District.
Kansas' two other Republican U.S. House members, 1st District Rep. Tim Huelskamp and 3rd District Rep. Kevin Yoder, were unopposed Tuesday. Both are seeking their second term in Congress.