Clearing up some Election Night uncertainty, the canvass — which formalized the voter count in the Nov. 6 election — extended the victor’s lead in one of Franklin County’s closest local races. Rick Howard, D-Williamsburg, claimed 51.26 percent — or 1,281 votes — of the ballots cast in the contest for Franklin County Commissioner District 2. Howard’s opponent, Ed Taylor, R-Ottawa, captured 1,212 votes or 48.50 percent.
In another Election Night matchup, political newcomer Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, ousted 18-year incumbent Bill Feuerborn, D-Garnett, claiming about 64 percent — or 1,951 votes — of the ballots cast in Franklin County for the Kansas House District 5 race.
The canvass also revealed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney snagged about 63 percent of the county’s vote, while President Obama claimed slightly more than 33 percent. (Nationally, Obama won the Electoral College and popular vote.) Following the trend of Republicans dominating their Democratic competitors, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, expanded her local victory over Tobias Schlingensiepen, D-Topeka, capturing nearly 70 percent — or 7,535 votes — of the county’s support.
Kansas Rep. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, defeated Denise Cassells, D-Mound City, by seizing more than 65 percent — or 6,894 votes — of the ballots cast in Franklin County for the Senate District 12 race.
Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, also enlarged his victory over his Democratic opponent in the race for Kansas House District 59. Finch defeated Caleb Correll, D-Ottawa, pocketing more than 73 percent — or 5,588 votes — of the ballots cast in the race. Correll claimed 2,034 votes — or about 27 percent of the ballots cast in the race.
In the election for Franklin County Attorney, Stephen Hunting, R-Ottawa, captured 6,764 — nearly 68 percent — of the votes cast in the race. Hunting’s opponent, Fred Campbell, L-Garnett, drew 3,165 votes, or about 32 percent of the ballots cast in the race.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry seized almost 86 percent of the vote — or 7,766 ballots — while write-in candidates drew about 1,266 votes.
Roughly 65.2 percent of Franklin County’s 16,719 registered voters cast a ballot Nov. 6, according to data from the Franklin County Clerk’s office.