Huelskamp closer to Washington
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
One race was expected to be close and the other was supposed to be a 10--point margin. They turned out just the opposite.
Jerry Moran won the Republican primary by defeating Todd Tiahrt by five points, 50 percent to 45 percent. More than 300,000 votes were cast for the two candidates statewide.
Just days before the election, Moran had a 10-point lead according to a KWCH poll.
But in a race that turned out to be a three-way horse race according to the same poll, with Tim Huelskamp, Jim Barnett and Tracey Mann all tied with 24 percent, it was Fowler’s Huelskamp that received a 10-point victory.
Huelskamp moves on to face Democratic challenger Alan Jilka in the general election for the right to represent the Big First District in Washington while Moran will face off against Lisa Johnston who won the Democratic nomination Tuesday.
“We’re very excited,” Huelskamp said in his first newspaper interview since winning the primary. “It was about conservative principles. The First District is upset with the way Washington is going. They want someone to fight for our way of life most of us hold dear in the first district.”
Both Huelskamp and Moran were candidates from the western side of the state. Barnett, the front-runner most of the time according to the polls, lives in the far east side of the district in Emporia. Tracey Mann lives in Salina.
Both Huelskamp and Moran will be heavily favored due to the large advantage of registered Republicans to Democrats in Kansas.
The general election will take place Nov. 2.