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Jenkins wins U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District primary

Ryun concedes early today

Kansas 2nd district congressional candidate and state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins is surrounded by her political team, from left, Pat Lepold, Joshua Lewis and Josh Hersh, as they review primary results in Topeka. Jenkins was in a close race all night Tuesday against former Congressman Jim Ryun. Jenkins' camp said Ryun conceded defeat in a private phone call around 12:30 a.m. today.

Kansas 2nd district congressional candidate and state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins is surrounded by her political team, from left, Pat Lepold, Joshua Lewis and Josh Hersh, as they review primary results in Topeka. Jenkins was in a close race all night Tuesday against former Congressman Jim Ryun. Jenkins' camp said Ryun conceded defeat in a private phone call around 12:30 a.m. today.

August 6, 2008

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Former congressman Jim Ryun early Wednesday conceded defeat to State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins in the Republican Party primary for the 2nd Congressional District nomination.

Ryun's campaign staff confirmed that he conceded in a private call to Jenkins around 12:35 a.m. Jenkins was leading the race by a little more than one percentage point in incomplete returns.

"We're excited to move on to the general election," said Jenkins' spokesman Josh Hersh.

Just a half hour earlier, Ryun told his supporters that because of some late non-reporting precincts, the race was still up in the air.

"The race is simply too close to call at this point," Ryun had said.

At that time, votes in seven precincts in Douglas County and all of Osage and Coffey county precincts had not been counted yet. But after the Douglas County and Osage reports came in, Ryun's campaign said he could not make up the difference.

Late Tuesday, as she built up a small lead, Jenkins said she looked forward to running against U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka.

She said voters are "hungry for new leadership."

Jenkins was collecting more votes in urban areas of the district, while Ryun's strength was in the more rural areas. The district includes western Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeastern Kansas.

Many thought the Jenkins-Ryun race failed to live up to its potential because it featured the classic split in the Republican Party.

Jenkins, a former state legislator in her second term as treasurer, was cast as the moderate, while Ryun was one of the most conservative members of Congress during his five terms. In addition, Ryun has always enjoyed widespread name recognition from his days as a world-record-holding mile runner.

But in the final weeks of the campaign, the race intensified with both candidates unleashing negative TV and radio ads across the 2nd District.

Ryun noted that Jenkins had voted for tax increases while in the Legislature, while Jenkins accused Ryun of voting for amnesty for illegal aliens, frivolous budget earmarks, and running up the national debt.

Both candidates accused each other of taking their votes out of context.

In the one television debate between the two, Ryun criticized Jenkins' tax votes, but Jenkins blamed Ryun, saying the Legislature had to balance the budget while getting unfunded mandates from Congress.

The two also clashed over Ryun's votes for pay raises for himself while voting against a $1,500 bonus for combat troops. The bonus died on a tie vote.

But Ryun's camp said he voted against the troop bonus because it would have diverted funds for the war effort.

Also on the November ballot will be Libertarian Robert Garrard of Edgerton and Reform Party Leslie Martin of St. Marys.

Comments

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 1 month ago

speaking of right-wing nuts biting the dust... Phil Kline lost his primary for JoCo DA...praise the lord...

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Ben McDaniel 6 years, 1 month ago

XEPCT, my previous comment was not sarcastic. This one is: Thank you for enlightening us.

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tjjayhawk5 6 years, 1 month ago

I am sorry to lose a conservative voice. I guess we will have to keep putting up with Boyda's pork-barrell vote buying.

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tjjayhawk5 6 years, 1 month ago

Dwight - I thought it was a fluke that Ryun lost to Boyda 2 years ago, but I don't think Jenkins will beat her either.

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Scott Tichenor 6 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully Ryun is out of public office for good. He did little to represent Kansas, and everything to represent himself. Maybe he can get a job with the Texas oil companies that were padding his campaign account.

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XEPCT 6 years, 1 month ago

"Ryun has on previous occasions claimed to communicate with "God" through 'tongues', which in several countries would be certifiably insane." XEPCT said. Ahhh poo, they didn't interview me. Again. [p.s. blast me as a liberal; I'm not, but seriously, "glossolalia"? ....sooo last millennia]

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Sigmund 6 years, 1 month ago

Are Jenkins and Ryan are the best that the Republicans can offer? Hopefully the religious rights stranglehold on the Kansas Republican party is being broken, Until they begin to back conservatives that haven't been born again and speak to God but are not hostile to their religion, moderates will continue to ignore their candidates.

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Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Look for Ryun's new book: "My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? How I lost the Olympics twice and two Congressional campaigns as well"

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Ben McDaniel 6 years, 1 month ago

Sloppy? Are you serious, KeithMiles05? The Journal-World has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the best edited newspapers in the country. Have you ever seen any other papers? You'll find mistakes more often in the Wichita Eagle, the Kansas City Star, or even the New York Times than you will in the Journal-World.And when have you ever seen a mistake in a 1A headline in the Journal-World before? It happens at all newspapers, but it happens less often in the Journal-World than in just about any other paper you'll ever see.The surprise of seeing a mistake in the Journal-World is a good reminder of just how great their staff is on a daily basis.

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Jhawkrock 6 years, 1 month ago

can you also pick someone other that an MU grad to cover KU football... sometimes i wonder about this news source...

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George_Braziller 6 years, 1 month ago

BigDog - Whoever wins it's still a major improvement over Ryan.----------------------------------------BigDog (Anonymous) says: It is funny how some people's predictions change after the event. On blogs with Boyda's supporters, they have been predicting for weeks, including just days ago, that Lynn Jenkins had run a poor campaign and would lose to Jim Ryun by double digits.Today Boyda supporters are saying :. anyone could have beaten Jim Ryun.I know most Boyda supporters deep down did not want a race against Lynn Jenkins.

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KU_cynic 6 years, 1 month ago

Just opened my print version of the LJW to see the original headline on the front page "Jenkins wins Senate race".Way to go LJW editors!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

I suspect that the majority of Republican voters didn't vote for either.

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Jhawkrock 6 years, 1 month ago

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 1 month ago

Lynn will win and Nancy will disappear from the national scene.

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gccs14r 6 years, 1 month ago

People finally figured out that the proper slogan for Ryun is, "Run Away From Ryun." Besides, he sounds like Will Forte in the office hazing skit on SNL.

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cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

Never after a big win, DP. It's called "class."

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BigDog 6 years, 1 month ago

Great points agnostic!But you forgot one .... even with very low turnout in the primary .... which has typically favored conservatives .... Jim Ryun was told by voters ,,,, thanks but no thanks.Congrats to Lynn Jenkins. It was good to see that moderates have decided over the last two elections that showing up at primaries is important if you don't want the Republican Party to be controlled by the rabid Phil Kline/Sam Brownback crowd. I feel a shift is starting to take place ...

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Jhawkrock 6 years, 1 month ago

all ryun knows how to do is run,.. and he can't even do that anymore...lynn at least knows something about math...

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jasonc_22 6 years, 1 month ago

no, no, lynn won't win- one of her trained monkeys could have beaten jim ryun.so she took out someone who was already a loser...how does she beat someone who has been a successful representative.

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Dwight_Schrute 6 years, 1 month ago

uh tj...you can't lose something you didn't have. Ryun has been out of office for two years now - so if you mean lost a conservative voice two years ago, okay...but makes no sense.I think it's funny that you assume Boyda will be back in office after November. I guess that's the problem with you conservatives. Your tunnel vision doesn't allow you to see what reality looks like. So sad.

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KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

Are you kidding me on the print version? LJW should be so embarassed of their sloopy proof reading. Ridiculous.

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Jhawkrock 6 years, 1 month ago

BIG MISTAKE!jenkins is not in a senate race... she is in a race for a seat in the u.s. house of representatives... good lord

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BigDog 6 years, 1 month ago

jasonIt is funny how some people's predictions change after the event. On blogs with Boyda's supporters, they have been predicting for weeks, including just days ago, that Lynn Jenkins had run a poor campaign and would lose to Jim Ryun by double digits.Today Boyda supporters are saying .... anyone could have beaten Jim Ryun. I know most Boyda supporters deep down did not want a race against Lynn Jenkins.

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dontcallmedan 6 years, 1 month ago

Jim- hang up your running shoes, babe.

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KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

Stupid LJW!She did NOT win the Senate race. Get it right.I am absolutely shocked there were 49.5% dumb GOP voters who voted for Ryun. Just shocked.

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Weezy_Jefferson 6 years, 1 month ago

cato_the_elderly: "Never after a big win, DP. It's called 'class.'"You crack me up, CTE. When does your stand-up comedy tour kick off?

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TopJayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Yes it is sad that this is all the Republicans have to offer. It is even more sad that Jim Slattery, the consumate Washington insider, lobbiest and whore, and a big part of the probllem is all that the Dems have to offer.

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Deb Stavin 6 years, 1 month ago

Happy, Happy, Happy! Another one bites the dust.

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cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

Lynn Jenkins ran an exemplary campaign and will be an excellent member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She also has way more class than to bash Mr. Ryun as so many of the tiny toddlers on this thread have done.

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scott3460 6 years, 1 month ago

Thud!! Another kook hits the deck. On to the general election and the cleansing of the nation.

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The_Voice_of_Reason 6 years, 1 month ago

"Jenkins wins Senate race" on the front of thousands of newspapers today... opps!

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XEPCT 6 years, 1 month ago

Ben McDaniel ... whoa whoa whoa are YOU serious? All those papers you mentioned have 4x, 8x, and 20x the original content, respectively, as the Urinal World and THAT is only PART of the reason why the LUW is despised by a majority of the community. Any journalists with talent LEAVE the LUW for better jobs. "The Journal-World has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the best edited newspapers in the country."HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAA HA HAa"Have you ever seen any other papers? "Nope, HA HA HA HA HAHAHAHA"It happens at all newspapers, but it happens less often in the Journal-World than in just about any other paper you'll ever see." catches breath HA HA AH AHA HAHAHHAHAHAHa"The surprise of seeing a mistake in the Journal-World is a good reminder of just how great their staff is on a daily basis."I just realized that you're being sarcastic, thanks for the laugh!

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Robert Rauktis 6 years, 1 month ago

Next LJW banner headline: Roy is staying!

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