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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Emler defeats Bryant in Senate Dist. 35 race

  • Incumbent Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, easily defeated Libertarian contender Jesse Bryant, Galva, in McPherson County and in the district for the Kansas Senate Dist. 35 seat Tuesday.
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  • Incumbent Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, easily defeated Libertarian contender Jesse Bryant, Galva, in McPherson County and in the district for the Kansas Senate Dist. 35 seat Tuesday.
    Final poll results show Emler received 8,834 votes, a 54 percent lead over Bryant, who received 2,599 votes in McPherson County. Emler won the district 20,801 votes to Bryant’s 6,272 votes.
    Bryant ran against Emler in the Republican primary and lost. He was then nominated to run on the Libertarian ticket.
    Emler was not available for comment before press time.
    Bryant, a 24-year old from Galva, said he didn't know what to think once he realized a win was falling out of his grasp.
    “You can only do so much with what you’ve got,” he said. “We gave people a choice. Maybe people are not really into conservatives. Maybe they’re not looking for that. Maybe that’s the way the country’s going.”
    Bryant said he wasn't sure how Emler came out on top, but that his own loss could be attributed to a variety of reasons, including Emler's campaign spending, party affiliations and supporting groups.
    “If we had won the primary, a victory would have been in the bag,” Bryant said.
    Unable to secure the position, Bryant said he plans to work on his education and experience. He is a graduate of Canton-Galva High School and is currently enrolled at Hutchinson Community College, but would like to pursue technical education courses.
    His experience includes being in the U.S. Army for four years, in the infantry, a deployment to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011.
    “I do realize being 24 and straight out of the Army, that may have been the reason,” he said of his defeat. “Mr. Emler is older and has a bigger résumé than me.”
    Although the election not did not end has he hoped, Bryant is not giving up.
    “It was fun to get out and talk to people,” he said. I’m sure I’ll be running for something later.”
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