GOP Moderate Picks Up Vote In Kansas Senate Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A moderate Republican member of the Kansas Senate has seen her margin of victory widen by a single vote in a hard-fought primary in the Topeka area.

Local officials certified results of the Aug. 7 primaries Monday. The certified result from the 20th Senate District shows incumbent Vicki Schmidt beat conservative state Rep. Joe Patton by 160 votes out of more than 11,000. Both are from Topeka.

Schmidt had led by 159 votes before officials in Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties reviewed provisional ballots. Those ballots are used when election workers aren't sure someone is eligible to vote in a particular polling place.

Patton says he hasn't decided whether to seek a recount. He has until 5 p.m. Friday to file a request with the Kansas secretary of state.

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