Archive for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

All Douglas County precincts reporting as of 10 p.m.

Poll workers at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence count down the final minutes before closing Tuesday afternoon. The depot recorded 138 voters during the day.

Poll workers at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence count down the final minutes before closing Tuesday afternoon. The depot recorded 138 voters during the day.

August 3, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated August 3, 2010, 11:38 p.m.


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12:08 a.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Tim Huelskamp has won the Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1st District.

View the results for this race.

11:28 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Jerry Moran has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. From the Associated Press:

Kansas Republicans have chosen Congressman Jerry Moran as their nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in a bitter primary race where both candidates actively courted GOP conservatives.

Moran overcame a strong challenge from fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt. The key issue for many voters was which longtime politician would be more aggressive in fighting President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Moran promoted endorsements from conservative senators such as tea party favorite Jim DeMint of South Carolina, while Tiahrt had the backing of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Moran faces Lisa Johnston in the November race for U.S. Senate.

See a precinct-by-precinct breakdown for this race.

10:48 p.m. update by Nick Nelson

Republican Sandy Praeger has been announced the winner in the primary for Kansas insurance commissioner, defeating David Powell with 63 percent of the vote.

Prager is unopposed by Democrats and will be named insurance commissioner.

10:43 p.m. by Whitney Mathews

Douglas County voters agreed with the rest of the state when it came to selecting Lisa Johnston for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

Johnston received 31.3 percent of county votes and 32.4 percent of Lawrence votes. Her closest threat, Charles Schollenberger, received 18.2 percent of county votes and 18.3 percent of Lawrence votes.

View the precinct breakdown for this race.

10:39 p.m. by Whitney Mathews

Kobach and Biggs were also the choices of Douglas County voters on Tuesday. Kobach received 60.5 percent of Republican votes in Douglas County and 58 percent in Lawrence. View the precinct breakdown.

Biggs received 68.8 percent of votes in Douglas County and 69.2 percent in Lawrence. View the precinct breakdown.

10:36 p.m. update by Nick Nelson

Terri Lois defeated Scott James Barnhart, 1,370-616, in the Republican primary for the 10th district of the Kansas House with all 16 precincts reporting. Lois will face Tony Brown, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

10:34 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Lisa Johnston has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. From the Associated Press:

Lisa Johnston, an assistant dean at Baker University in Baldwin City, overcame four others in Tuesday's primary.

Johnston has worked 17 years in higher education and oversees support services for students at Baker. She lives in Overland Park.

She defeated state Sen. David Haley of Kansas City; Charles Schollenberger, a former newspaper reporter and editor from Prairie Village; Lawrence attorney and accountant Patrick Wiesner; and retired Shawnee railroad engineer Robert Conroy.

10:29 update by Nick Nelson

Chris Biggs will face Kris Kobach in the race for Kansas secretary of state.

Biggs defeated Chris Steineger with 60 percent of votes and 2,113 of 3,316 precincts reporting as of 10:30 p.m. Kobach was nominated with 54 percent of the vote and 1,998 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

10:05 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

At this point, all Douglas County precincts are reporting with more than 9,500 ballots cast. You can check our elections page for maps from all elections, but here are the highlights thus far:

  • Lawrence Republicans voted in favor of Lynn Jenkins, giving her 63.9 percent of the vote to Dennis Pyle's 36.1 percent. Jenkins received 60.8 percent of the county vote to Pyle's 36.1 percent. View the precinct breakdown.
  • Jerry Moran received 54 percent of the county vote and 57.1 percent of the Lawrence vote. Todd Tiahrt received 38.6 percent of the county vote and 35.7 percent of the Lawrence vote. Tom Little received 3.9 percent in Douglas County and 3.6 percent in Lawrence. Robert Londerholm received 3.4 percent of the county vote and 3.6 percent of the Lawrence vote. View the precinct breakdown.
  • Stephene Moore received 87.7 percent of the county vote and 88.8 percent of the Lawrence vote. Scherer received 12.3 percent of the county vote and 11.2 percent of the Lawrence vote. View the precinct breakdown.

9:40 p.m. update by Nick Nelson

Derek Schmidt has won the Republican nomination for Kansas attorney general, defeating Ralph DeZago, according to the Associated Press.

Schmidt won the nomination with 1,094 of 3,316 precincts reporting and will face Kansas Attorney General Steve Six in the general election this November.

9:35 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

From the Associated Press on the U.S. House, 2nd District:

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has won the Republican nomination in her bid for a second term. Jenkins turned back a challenge Tuesday from state Sen. Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha in the 2nd Congressional District.

The 2nd District covers much of eastern Kansas and includes the cities of Manhattan, Topeka and Pittsburg, as well as Forts Riley and Leavenworth. Democrats in the district were choosing among three candidates in their primary Tuesday. Jenkins is a former two-term state treasurer.

She won her seat in the House by ousting incumbent Democrat Nancy Boyda in 2008.

9:24 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Lynn Jenkins has won the U.S. House, 2nd District, nomination for the Republicans.

Koch continues to gain on Hudspeth for the Dems. Those two are separated by less than 300 votes. Tevis has 24 percent.

9:18 p.m. update by Nick Nelson

Biggs (16,490) maintains lead over Steineger (10,684) with 61 percent of votes with 489 of 3,316 precincts reporting in the primary for Kansas secretary of state.

Kobach (46,502) continues to lead the Republican race for the same office with 52 percent of votes. Ensley (30,413) has 29 percent and Claeys (18,905) 19 percent.

9:01 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Results on the GOP side of the U.S. House, 3rd District, continue to show Kevin Yoder and Patricia Lightner as the standouts in that race.

Yoder has 48 percent of the vote with 59 precincts reporting. Lightner has 35 percent. The rest looks like this:

  • Gilyeat, 3 percent
  • Malone, 3 percent
  • McPherson, 3 percent
  • Uvodich, 3 percent
  • Klotz, 2 percent
  • Rysavy, 2 percent
  • King, 1 percent

8:55 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

The U.S. Senate race between Moran and Tiahrt is heating up. With 414 of 3,316 precincts reporting, Moran only leads Tiahrt by four percent.

Lisa Johnston still has 10 percent on Tim Schollenberger with 419 precincts reporting.

8:49 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Lynn Jenkins is up on opponent Dennis Pyle in the U.S. House, 2nd District, race by 18 percent with 104 of 825 precincts reporting.

Cheryl Hudspeth has lost ground to Thomas Koch and Sean Tavis. With the same amount of precincts reporting, those results look like this:

  • Hudspeth, 41 percent
  • Koch, 35 percent
  • Tevis, 24 percent

8:43 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Stephene Moore has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 3rd District. From the Associated Press:

Stephene Moore has won the Democratic primary in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, the first step toward replacing her husband in the U.S. House. Moore defeated Thomas Scherer in Tuesday's voting.

The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore also drew nine Republicans to their party's primary. Dennis Moore first won the seat in 1998. He announced last year he would retire at the end of his current term.

The 3rd Congressional District covers all of Johnson and Wyandotte counties and the eastern portion of Douglas County, including parts of Lawrence.

8:36 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

A three-way battle is going on in the GOP race for U.S. House, 1st District. With 99 of 1,323 precincts reporting, the top three candidates are:

  • Tracy Mann, 29 percent
  • Tim Huelskamp, 28 percent
  • Jim Barnett, 26 percent

8:32 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Early results show Stephene Moore with a huge lead on opponent Thomas Scherer in the race for U.S. House, 3rd District.

Two front runners are emerging in the quite crowded field of GOP candidates in the same district. Kevin Yoder Leads Patricia Lightner, 48 to 35 percent, with 21 of 599 precincts reporting. But it's still early...

8:21 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Lisa Johnston and Jerry Moran continue to lead their parties' primaries for U.S. Senate.

Johnston is leading Charles Schollenberger by 12 percent with 126 precincts reporting, while Moran has 55 percent of the vote to Todd Tiahrt's 38 percent with 120 precincts reporting.

8:17 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Tom Holland's campaign has issued the following statement on Sam Brownback's win:

“I congratulate Senator Brownback on winning his primary election and I look forward to challenging him on his record of voting for billion dollar bailouts, record spending and deeper debt while Kansas families struggle to make ends meet."

8:10 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Sam Brownback has won the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. From the Associated Press:

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback has easily won the Republican nomination for Kansas governor, beating Joan Heffington. Brownback is giving up a Senate seat he's held since 1997. A favorite of abortion opponents, he made a brief run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007 before dropping out. Heffington, a former home builder and Boeing Co. purchasing agent, had been expected to get only a small percentage of the vote. She had promised to put every bill sent to her as governor through a biblical test before signing it. The Democratic nominee for governor is state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City. He faced no primary opponent.

7:57 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Early results show Jerry Moran has the lead on opponent Todd Tiahrt in the GOP race for U.S. Senate. With 18 of 3,316 precincts reporting, Moran has 55 percent of the vote to Tiahrt's 38 percent.

Lisa Johnston is leading the Democrat's race for U.S. Senate with 36 percent of the vote and 21 of 3,316 precincts reporting. Schollnberger is her closest threat with 24 percent of the vote.

7:15 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

You may think a single-digit voter turnout would bore poll workers to tears. But as Shaun Hittle reports, the workers at Precinct 10 at the Burge Union had a good time -- despite only having three people cast ballots before 5 p.m.

The precinct reported the lowest turnout in the area, but it wasn’t a surprise, said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew. The site traditionally has a low turnout, particularly when KU is not in session, he said. Closing the precinct, he said, would actually cost the county more money because they’d be required to mail notifications to all registered voters in the precinct. The county pays election workers between $85 and $100 depending on their responsibilities.

Read the complete story.

6:47 p.m. update by Joe Preiner

With daylight hours dwindling, poll workers were ready to call it a day. The polling center at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 North Second St., had recorded 138 votes.

The three woman working said the polls hadn't been very busy Tuesday, with voters staggering in throughout the afternoon.

The poll workers said they didn't expect many late voters, predicting two or three more people would walk through the door before the 7 p.m. closing time.

Waiting times at the Union Pacific Depot weren't long, with the line never growing to more than three voters.

The workers said they were just counting down the remaining minutes of their day.

4:14 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

The lone precinct with no voters at 10 a.m. has since seen some action. The polling center at Kansas University's Burge Union has had one person cast a ballot, according to numbers provided by the Douglas County Clerk's office.

Langston Hughes Elementary, 1101 George William Way, is still the poll with the highest turnout with 191 voters.

Here are the top five and bottom five precincts by voter turnout as of 3 p.m.

Top Five:

  • No. 45 - Langston Hughes Elementary, 191 voters
  • No. 19 - Brandon Woods Smith Center, 188
  • No. 18 - Mustard Seed Church, 700 Wakarusa Drive, 173
  • No. 38 - Prairie Park Elementary, 162
  • No. 43 - Free State High, 4700 Overland Drive, 156

Bottom Five:

  • Burge Union, KU’s campus, 1
  • New York Elementary, 936 N.Y., 18
  • Central United Methodist Church, 23
  • USD Administration Center, 110 McDonald Drive, 29
  • Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 30

1:45 p.m. update by Lindsey Slater

As the clock struck 1 p.m., I was the 100th voter at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. The poll workers said I should get a prize for pushing their site into the triple digits.

One worker said most of the voters have been registered Republicans and they’ve been handing out lots of “red” ballots.

6News will be covering the election starting with the 6 p.m. newscast. Election results will come rolling in as soon as the polls close at 7 p.m. We’ll also have live updates from the studio and the Douglas County Courthouse every 15 minutes between 8 and 10 p.m. We’ll have a full recap of the day’s news on 6News at 10 p.m.

1:28 p.m. update

Carrie Davis checks in from the Prairie Park Elementary polling site, which is serving precinct 37 for this election instead of the usual site at the Haskell Sports Complex:

At 10:50, I voted at Prairie Park Elementary. I was #67, which seems like a good turnout, but I didn't see any other voters when I was there.

1:07 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

The Kansas secretary of state's office is reporting that nearly 87,000 voters submitted advance ballots for Tuesday's primaries.

According to Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew, advance ballot submissions are up over 33 percent since 2006 with nearly 1,300 ballots received by noon on Monday.

Spokeswoman Abbie Hodgson said the secretary of state's office is getting reports of healthy turnout in vote-rich Johnson and Sedgwick counties.

But she said it's not clear whether that's because a higher percentage are using advance ballots. The secretary of state's office is projecting 19 percent turnout, or about 324,000 people, participating statewide.

If you have an advance ballot, remember to turn it in at the Douglas County Election Office, 1100 Massachusetts, by 7 p.m. Tuesday or it won't be counted.

12:37 p.m. update by George Diepenbrock

At 12:30 p.m., 54 people had cast ballots at the polling site at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. Election judges said groups of one or two people at a time had come in steadily throughout the morning.

Supervising judge Bob Hohn estimated 10 percent of voters in the precinct had cast ballots after combining advance ballots with morning voters. Hohn said based on those numbers, he was hoping for a 20 percent turnout by the time polls close at 7 p.m.

11:55 a.m. update by Shaun Hittle

A few precincts are reporting a very low turnout as of 10 a.m.

With classes a couple of weeks away at Kansas University, the voting site at KU’s Burge Union had yet to see a voter by 10 a.m., according to data provided by the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.

The highest turnout so far — 82 voters — has been at Langston Hughes Elementary, 1101 George Williams Way.

Here’s a list of the top five and bottom five precincts for voter turnout as of 10 a.m.

Top five

• No. 45, Langston Hughes Elementary, 82 voters

• No. 18, Mustard Seed Church, 700 Wakarusa Drive, 73

• No. 43, Free State High, 4700 Overland Drive, 70

• No. 67, Willow Springs Township Hall, 303 E. 1100 Road, 63

• No. 49, Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, 61

Bottom five

• No. 10, Burge Union, KU’s campus, 0 voters

• No. 30, Schwegler Elementary, 2201 Ousdahl, 2

• No. 4, USD Administration Center, 110 McDonald Drive, 4

• No. 51, Clinton Township Hall, 1177 E. 604 Road, 6

• No. 39, New York Elementary, 936 N.Y., 10

11:33 a.m. update

Today is also the final day to turn in advance voting ballots. They must be at the office of County Election Officer by close of polls, 7 p.m., to be counted.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said that by noon Monday, nearly 1,300 advance ballots had been received. That compares with 1,246 in 2008 and 974 in 2006.

10:49 a.m. update by Mark Fagan

Terry and Kenya Nolte, retirees who live in the nearby Briarwood neighborhood, made their way over to Free State High School to vote in the Republican primary.

They vote in every general election, and they figure their ballots cast today could be as effective as any of those compiled in November.

The reason: The heated U.S. Senate primary pits two incumbent U.S. Representatives, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt, for the chance to take over for Sen. Sam Brownback.

"That's a major motivator to vote in the primary," said Terry Nolte, noting that the winner would be considered the presumptive front runner to win in November.

While the Noltes entered their voting booths already knowing who would be getting their votes, they're not telling.

"We have neighbors on both sides of us that are VERY passionate about this race," he said. And by both sides he means one set of neighbors for Moran, and another set for Tiahrt.

"My feeling is that they both could be strong for the state of Kansas," he said. "They're both good people. They're both excellent."

Voters at Free State, by the way, end up with one of six different ballots, depending on where the voters live. That's because some boundary and precinct lines don't match.

The color-coded ballots — blue, green or yellow for Democrats, and red, orange or brown for Republicans — have differences regarding the U.S. Representative primaries, and for the state representative primaries for the 38th and 45th districts.

As of 9:30 a.m., 63 voters had voted at Free State.

10:42 a.m. update by Steve Jones

About 35 people had voted at the Lawrence Public Library precinct as of 10 a.m.

10:08 a.m. update

Checking in from Precinct 30 at Schwegler Elementary School, Go! editor Christy Little said that as of 9 a.m. there had been 12 voters.

For voters within Lawrence and the surrounding area, the Douglas County web site maintains a page with polling locations and a precinct map.

9:20 a.m. update by Jonathan Kealing

As of 8:45 a.m., my wife and I were voters no. 8 and 9 at the East Lawrence Center, just east of 15th and Haskell.

Though it's been a slow morning, poll workers weren't without a bit of excitement. As we were arriving to vote, a duck was waddling in and out of traffic on 15th Street.

One of the pollworkers was out, flagging down traffic to get cars to stop until the duck would get out of the road. Only the duck was on some sort of suicide mission and was more interested in staying in traffic.

Eventually, a pizza delivery person volunteered to call animal control. The duck promptly waddled into a nearby creek.

9:05 a.m. update

One of the near-inescapable signs of an election year is the TV ads on local airwaves. Political reporter Scott Rothschild took a look at the ads from the Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt campaigns for the U.S. Senate seat last week — look over the comparison before heading to the polls.

8:31 a.m. update

Scott Criqui, Lawrence, checked in with an update from the Pinckney precinct:

As of 7:47AM – voting precinct #1 (Pinckney) had 13 voters. Outside the voting location, precinct chairman Paul Jefferson just finished voting. He was encouraging everyone in hearing distance to vote today. There were three poll workers and just me voting. I went earlier than normal, so I can beat the heat.

If you want to take part in today's election but are not affiliated with a particular political party, you can still cast a ballot — the Democratic primary allows unaffiliated voters to take part.

The Republican primary, however, where most of the contentious contests are this year, is limited to party members.

8:11 a.m. update by Whitney Mathews

We've posted previews on the races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives:

You can view all of today's elections and candidates on the elections page.

7:30 a.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Polls have been officially open across the state for 30 minutes. Are you voting today? Find your polling location here.

One of the races receiving the most attention this year is the GOP primary for Kansas Secretary of State. An AP story filed this morning reports that the immigration issue could be the deciding factor for voters:

In his GOP race, [Kobach] faces Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley and J.R. Claeys, of Salina, a former chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Contractors. All three GOP candidates support requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Kobach also would require Kansans to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote for the first time.

But such issues have been overshadowed by Kobach's notoriety as an adviser to city officials and state legislators across the nation who want to crack down on illegal immigration.

He's said that if he's elected, he'll work as secretary of state between 40 and 50 hours a week, then spend an additional 20 hours on immigration issues.

"Some people golf in their spare time," Kobach said last week. "I defend American sovereignty."

Read the complete AP story here, and learn more about the Republican and Democrat candidates for Kansas Secretary of State on our elections page.

12 a.m. Update by Whitney Mathews

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Paul R Getto 5 years ago

Get out and vote folks! Don't let the usual 10% pick the winners, many of whom will run unopposed in November. Come on Larryvillers. Prove you are active citizens on election day and not just a bunch of empty computer shells whining 364 days a year about the 'gummint.' Drag yourself down to the polls and make some choices.

Velcrow 5 years ago

Yeah, it's a primary. Not everyone can vote. Only those in the those two camps are allowed.

Jonathan Kealing 5 years ago

Not true. Independents can vote in the Democratic primary, or register as a Republican at the poll and vote in that primary, and then reclaim their independent registration.

LadyJ 5 years ago

Sure couldn't find much on what the candidates stands on issues is.

overthemoon 5 years ago

virtual desert of information. especially on the democratic candidates. ah, the myth of the 'liberal' media. yet another of the manufactured non-facts that has so distorted our political and cultural landscape.

Phil Minkin 5 years ago

Wasn't this election importantant enought for the LJW to print a map of polling places or did I miss it?

dontcallmedan 5 years ago

For the repub race, the JW could just print a map of the US/ Mexican border.

irishdevil99 5 years ago

At about 10 of 11, Prairie Park Elementary had 67. Seemed like a pretty high turnout for that precinct.

princess 5 years ago

LJW elections page seems to be down. Help!

FreshAirFanatic 5 years ago

Just got back from the poll...I was #130 at Corpus Christi. That's about 10% turnout with 3 hrs to go.

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