Lu Haynes (seated) visits with voters while Mel Franco listens. Haynes and Franco were poll volunteers for the primary election that started at 6:45 a.m. and will cotninue until 7 p.m. tonight. Results and reaction will be avialable at www.hpleader.com. Daily Leader photo/
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Voters were showing up in solid numbers at the Seward County Activity Center this morning to cast their ballots in the 2010 primary.
Some seats will be determined in the primary election since there are no partisan challengers.
In Seward County, District 3 incumbent commissioner Ike Eisenhauer is facing a challenge from former Seward County Commissioner Randy Malin. Since there is no Democratic challenger, the winner will represent District 3 barring a write-in challenge.
Other key issues on the ballot include a U.S. Senate seat as well as a U.S. House seat.
Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt have been battling for the Senate seat that became open when Sam Brownback honored his self-imposed two-term limit and opted to run for governor of Kansas.
The latest poll showed Tiahrt narrowing the gap but still trailing Moran by 10 points, 49-39.
In the race to replace Moran in the House, three of the six candidates have been tied at the top of the polls in recent weeks. Tim Huelskamp, Jim Barnett and Tracey Mann were in a virtual dead heat, according to the final Survey USA poll taken in the Big First District.
The winner will face Democrat Alan Jilka in the general election in November.
Voters were making a steady stream to the polls this morning to make their selections, and while advanced voting wasn’t as strong as Seward County Clerk Stacia Long would have liked, early indications were that voters were coming out on Election Day.
“I’m anxious to see the outcome,” Long said. “Voters may have been looking for more information, to get more educated on the candidates.”
There were 484 ballots cast in advanced voting, not including any mail-in ballots, and 90 votes were cast in the first hour of the polls being open this morning.
The only confusion some voters had this morning was asking why they did not have a Seward County Commission race on their ballot.
“Not every commissioner is up for election,” Long said. “But there are signs all over town, so some voters thought they were supposed to vote, even though there was no race in their district. Some people wanted to vote for a commissioner in another district. Three are up. Two aren’t.”
The polls close at 7 p.m., and with the state-of-the-art equipment, Long expected to have preliminary results available by 8 p.m. Those results, with feedback, will be available at www.hpleader.com.