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Republicans lead state races

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 11/6/2012

It appears a parade of elephants stormed Franklin County’s polling locations Tuesday.

Republican candidates hoping to represent all or parts of Franklin County encountered pleasant Election Day voting results in Franklin County, as all state and federal GOP nominees claimed victory in the county.

It appears a parade of elephants stormed Franklin County’s polling locations Tuesday.

Republican candidates hoping to represent all or parts of Franklin County encountered pleasant Election Day voting results in Franklin County, as all state and federal GOP nominees claimed victory in the county.

House District 59

A former Ottawa mayor is heading to Topeka to represent his hometown, western Franklin and northeastern Osage counties.

Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, cruised to a decisive victory Tuesday over Caleb Correll, D-Ottawa, in the race for Kansas House District 59.

“I’m happy to have won, and I’m ready to get to work representing the best interests of the people in the state of Kansas,” Finch said. “I hope to take the spirt of the folks that live and work here [to Topeka]. I think they have pragmatic and practical values, and I’m ready to represent them. ... I want to thank the people of the 59th district for supporting me.”  

Finch claimed more than 73 percent of 7,523 Franklin County votes cast in the District 59 race. During Kansas’ Aug. 7 primary elections, Finch defeated Kansas Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Ottawa, by fewer than 1,000 votes. 

Correll, who snagged 1,991 votes, said he was pleased with his campaign despite failing to claim a victory. GOP campaign strategies across the state were effective in derailing the election hopes of many Kansas Democrats, Correll added.

“I felt like I did a good job getting my message out there,” Correll said, adding that he plans to remain active in the community and in the Franklin County Democratic Party. “It’s been a tough year for Democrats in Kansas. The Republicans did a pretty good job of tying us to the president, which is probably not accurate, but they succeeded in doing that, so I think that contributed to [the voting results] a lot. But I think I did a good job, and I felt like I represented what I thought were the best views for the district and stuck to that instead of partisan politics.”

Overall, Finch nabbed 72 percent — or 6,433 votes — of the ballots cast in District 59, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.

House District 5

Political newcomer Kevin Jones defeated an 18-year incumbent in Franklin County’s race for Kansas House District 5, which includes eastern Franklin, most of Anderson and western parts of Linn and Miami counties.

Jones, R-Wellsville, seized more than 63 percent of the county’s vote, according to the Franklin County Clerk’s Office. Jones’ opponent, Kansas Rep. Bill Feuerborn, D-Garnett, captured about 36 percent of the 3,032 votes cast in the race.  

“That’s awesome — I’m stoked,” Jones said of his success in Franklin County. “I’m very thankful that people have gotten out and voted and voted for me. Obviously, it’s my home county and where I grew up, so I’m thinking my opponent probably expects that.”

At presstime, Jones was narrowly leading his opponent by 52 percent to 48 percent margin, attracting 4,339 votes with 25 of 36 precincts reporting, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.

Senate District 12

Kansas Rep. Caryn Tyson secured a definitive victory in Franklin County for the Senate District 12, capturing more than 65 percent of the county’s votes.

Tyson, R-Parker, garnered 6,791 votes in the county, while her opponent, Denise Cassells, D-Mound City, claimed 3,600. Tyson narrowly defeated John Coen, R-Wellsville, in the August primary for Senate District 12, which includes Allen, Anderson, Franklin, Linn and parts of Bourbon and Miami counties.

At presstime, it appeared Tyson was heading to a victory with 65 percent of the district’s vote, claiming 14,750 votes in 82 of 109 precincts reporting, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.

“We’re excited with the results we’ve seen,” Tyson said Tuesday night. “We’ve have great support throughout the district and had a lot of good volunteers working on the campaign. … I think both sides ran a very professional campaign. It was not a negative campaign on either side. I was very proud of that.”

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