Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard), left, gets help from a volunteer as he casts his ballot Tuesday morning. Tiahrt campaigned to unseat Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita), the man who replaced him as congressman from the Fourth District.

Pompeo easily holds off Tiahrt’s challenge

Brownback, Kobach fend off GOP challengers

By Travis Mounts

Former Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s (R-Goddard) effort to regain his former seat in the U.S. Fourth Congressional District fell flat against incumbent Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita). Pompeo won the seat four years ago after Tiahrt lost a U.S. Senate bid to Jerry Moran.

Pompeo looked like a seasoned veteran. He had a much larger campaign war chest, and Tiahrt entered the race late. In addition, Tiahrt faced much more criticism over the accuracy of his claims and attacks.

In the statewide races, Gov. Sam Brownback easily defeated Haysville businesswoman Jennifer Winn in the Republican primary. Winn did garner about one-third of the vote despite little visibility or experience, potentially showing frustration moderate Republicans have toward Brownback. Secretary of State Kris Kobach won in similar fashion.

In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Pat Roberts held off a challenge from Milton Wolf and two minor candidates. The Roberts-Wolf contest was an ugly one, with accusations going back and forth. There was even a face-to-face confrontation in the final days of the campaign as Wolf approached Roberts to challenge him to a debate.

There wasn’t much in the way of local races for residents of northwest Sumner County. In Kansas House District 80, incumbent Kasha Kelley had a lead over challenger Andrew Lawson in the Republican primary. Both candidates are from Arkansas City. The district covers southwest Cowley County, much of southeast Sumner County and the far south portion including areas south of Argonia.

In the Sumner County Commission 3rd District Republican primary, incumbent Cliff Bales beat Jason Boyd 428 votes to 294. There is no Democratic challenger, essentially giving Bales the General Election win now.