Ottawa’s Blaine Finch and Wellsville’s Mark Samsel will move on to the general election for seats in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Finch, Republican incumbent representing Kansas House District 59, gained 71 percent of the vote, 2,116. His challenger Shari Weber had 847 votes. Finch was first elected to the House in 2013.

“I think folks in the district gave their stamp of approval on what we are doing,” he said. “There was a lot of hard work that went into the campaign.”

Finch said he will take the next few days to rest before the work starts on the November election.

“I will take a few days off, pick up signs and rest,” he said. “The dust still hasn’t settled from some of the primary races.”

Samsel announced in January that he was running for the 5th District seat formerly held by Wellsville Republican Kevin Jones. He advanced as the Republican candidate with 54 percent of the votes on Tuesday for a total of 1,425. His opponent, Renee Slinkard had 1,241 votes.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Republican nomination for Kansas State Representative District 5,” Samsel said in an email. “Traveling through every corner of our beautiful and hard-working district, it was inspiring to see and hear so many resonate with the overarching goal of OUR campaign. ... We put our Kansas values to work, because we must be the change we wish to see in the world. As we move forward, I’m excited to continue to strive to be the better versions of ourselves that we all know and love. Our best days are still ahead in the Sunflower State.”

Finch will face Democrat John Hall in the November election. Hall, who ran unopposed in the primary, is from Quenemo. Samsel faces a challenge from Democrat Lassey Murphy, Lane, who also ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election.