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Barker wins House primary

John Barker defeated Doug Lindahl on Tuesday in the Republican primary to represent the 70th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. The preliminary vote totals across the 70th District were 2,015-1,375 in favor of Barker. The 70th District includes the northern half of Marion County, excluding Hillsboro. Lindahl won in Marion County, 302-224.

The race was wide open after two-term incumbent J. Robert Brookens of Marion decided against running for a third term. Neither candidate lived in the 70th District until a redistricting map created by a panel of federal judges put Dickinson County in the district. No Democratic candidates filed for the race. Barker lives in Abilene and Lindahl lives in Enterprise.

Jay Scott Emler defeated Jesse Bryant in the Republican primary for the 35th District in the Kansas Senate. The preliminary totals were 6,682-2,432 in favor of Emler. Emler was the incumbent. Emler lives in Lindsborg, and Bryant lives in Galva. Emler won in Marion County, 769-408.

Incumbent Don Schroeder was unopposed in the 74th District of the Kansas House of Representatives, which now includes southern Marion County, including Hillsboro.

Last modified Aug. 9, 2012

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