Don Schroeder's (R-Hesston) career as a state representative, one that began in 2007, likely came to an end Aug. 7 in an apparent prrimary loss to Stephen Owens (R-Hesston) for Kansas House District No. 74.
Owens won the district on a 55/47 percent vote — getting 1,833 votes to 1,528 to Schroeder with three precincts remaining, according to the Kansas Secretary of State's office. In Harvey County, Owens collected nearly 54 percent of the vote — 1,107 to 922.
In Harvey County, there are 97 provisional ballots to be canvassed. The election will be canvassed and certified by the Harvey County Commission at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 13.
Owens will be unopposed in the general election in November.
"Over the last few years, I have become increasingly concerned with the lack of leadership in Topeka," Owens told The Kansan last month. "As a Conservative Republican, I believe it is our job to hold the line on tax increases while creating an efficient state government. This simply has not been the case over the last few years and it is time for that to change."
Locally there was one tie — the Alta Township Clerk race. Kenneth Stucky and Gregg Ratzlaff each ended the night with 27 votes in the GOP primary.
One of the tightest races of the night, both at the state and county level, was the GOP primary for Kansas Governor. Kris Kobach made a late charge in Harvey County to win the county over Jeff Colyer, 2,000 to 1,862. At 11 p.m., less than 100 votes separated the candidates statewide.
For statewide results, visit the Secretary of State results website.