Tiahrt Holds Kansas 4th Congressional Seat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Republican incumbent Todd Tiahrt claims an eighth term in the 4th Congressional District.

With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, Tiahrt, from Goddard, had 63 percent of the vote, easily outdistancing Democrat Donald Betts, a state senator from Wichita.

The Associated Press declared Tiahrt the winner based on an analysis of current returns, voter turnout and previous voting patterns.

Tiahrt is the senior member of the Kansas delegation in the House. He first was elected in 1994, when he unseated longtime Democrat incumbent Dan Glickman.

Betts has been a state legislator since 2003.

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