In a race that was too close to call in Harvey County, Steve Kelly (R-Newton) finished election night with a slim lead over incumbent Tim Hodge (D-North Newton) in the Kansas House District 72 races.
"That was tough," Kelly said. "I hope we can come together. I ran to try and solve problems in Topeka, and I hope we can do that."
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When the election night totals for Harvey County were posted at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Kelly held just a 15 vote edge — 4,087 to 4,072 — over Hodge. According to the Harvey County Clerk's office, there are about 280 provisional ballots in the race in Harvey County. Some mail ballots may have not yet been received, those must be postmarked no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and received no later than Nov. 9 to be counted. Harvey County issued 3,800 mail ballots, 2,338 had been received by election day.
In Butler County, Kelly won decisively, 185 to 68 votes.
The grand total between the two counties on election night showed a lead of 132 votes for Kelly, 4,272 to 4,140. Kelly carried 50.78 percent of the vote prior to provisional, hand count and late ballots.
"This shows it was a well-run race," Kelly said. "I want to congratulate Timon a well-run race. They had a good organization. ... This shows the Republican party is alive and well."
The election will be canvassed, and results finalized Nov. 13 by the Harvey County Commission.