One race too close to call after primary

Chad Frey

The 2020 primary election in McPherson County featured one race that ended the day too close to call.

In the Republican primary for McPherson County Commission District No. 3, David O’Dell finished the night with a three vote lead over Larry Froese — 1,000 to 957 votes.

According to the county clerk’s office, election workers were sorting provisional ballots and a “large number” of advance ballots taken to the poll sites on election day. That means the final numbers for the race will not be available today, and the race will not be finalized until canvassed by the county commission.

Ultimately the winner of the race will become a county commissioner, as they will be unopposed in the general election.

In the county commission district two race, Tom Kueser picked up a win over James E. Melland, 977 to 621. Kuesser will be unopposed in the general election.

In the primanry for U.S. Senator, McPherson county mirrored the state in giving the GOP nomination to Roger Marshall over Kris Kobach and nine other candidates. Marshall will face Democrat Barbara Bollier in the general election. Bollier defeated Robert L. Tillman in both state and McPherson county polls.

Int he primary for Kansas’ Big First — a U.S. House of Representives seat, the county mirrored the state in giving Tracy Mann the Republican nomination over Bill Clifford, Jerry Molstad and Michael Soetaret. Mann will face Democrat Kali Barnett — who bested Christy Caauble Davis — in the general election