State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins ended former Rep. Jim Ryun's comeback effort, but just barely.
Unofficial results showed Jenkins winning yesterday's GOP primary 51 percent to 49% or only 1,007 votes out of 63,473 cast. Ryun called Jenkins shortly after midnight to concede the 2nd District race.
Jenkins faces incumbent Democrat Nancy Boyda, who upset Ryun two
years ago after he had served five terms in Washington.
Jenkins said Ryun pledged to support her in the November general
election. She credited grassroots campaigning for her win over a man with higher name recognition and more money.
The two Republicans plan a joint news conference Thursday at the
Elsewhere, State Sen. Nick Jordan easily defeated Paul Showen, a
retired construction worker and real estate agent, in the Republican primary in the 3rd District. Jordan will take on Democratic incumbent Dennis Moore in the fall.