Conservatives Leading in Half of Contested Races

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Conservatives hoping to make inroads in the Republican primary toward reclaiming control of the State Board of Education won one race, lost one and were leading in half of the other contested races tonight.

Conservative Kathy Martin, of Clay Center, the only incumbent seeking re-election, had 52 percent of the vote in the 6th District against moderate Bill Pannbacker, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

With all precincts reporting in the 2nd District, Mary Ralstin, of Shawnee, won with 54 percent over conservative Brandon Kenig, of Shawnee.

In the 4th District with 85 percent reporting, conservative Bob Meissner, of Topeka, had 76 percent against Alan Detrich, of Lawrence.

In the 10th District, with 82 percent reporting, David Dennis, of Wichita, had 54 percent over conservative Marty Marshall, of Wichita, who wasn't campaigning.

In the 8th District, conservative Dennis Hedke, of Wichita, had no primary opposition. Like the other GOP finishers, he faces a Democrat in November.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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