GOP sweeps county election results

Chad Frey
U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall throws his speech in the air Tuesday at the Cyrus Hotel in Topeka after defeating state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the U.S. Senate race.

The Republican Party ran away with elections in McPherson County on Tuesday — with no contested state or county level elections a full slate of GOP candidates will be installed next spring.

But there were other races on the card — including the race of U.S. Representative No 1, otherwise known as the “Big First.”

Locally Republican Tracy Mann picked up 9,180 votes to 3,211 for Democrat Kali Barnett. Man won the seat at the state level.

A former Lt. Gov,. Mann handily defeated Garden City educator Barnett to earn the right to represent the sweeping western Kansas seat in Congress.

Mann was lieutenant governor from 2018-2019 after former Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer moved into the governor’s office. A commercial real estate broker, Mann also ran for the 1st District seat in 2010, losing to eventual winner Tim Huelskamp.

The 1st Congressional District is staunchly Republican, widely considered to be among the most conservative districts in the country.

The Associated Press called the race at 9:24 p.m., with Mann leading 68-32 with a little under half of all precincts reporting. Unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s Office’s website with all precincts reporting showed Mann capturing 202,449 votes, or 72%, to Barnett’s 80,300 votes, or 28%.

Kansas accepted mail ballots through Friday as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

Barnett was seeking to be the first woman to represent the Big First in its history.

In the race of U.S. Senate, Roger Marshall collected 8,701 votes in McPherson County, besting Democrat Barbara Bollier’s 3,825.

Marshall grabbed the win at the state level as well and will replace retiring senator Pat Roberts. Marshall won the stat 703,414, or 54 percent, to 543,275, or 41 percent. Marshall has represented the state’s 1st Congressional District since 2016 and prior to that was a registered OB/GYN and chair of the Great Bend Regional Hospital board.

President Donald Trump also won McPherson County, 9.225 to 3.596 over Democrat Joe Biden.

In uncontested races Republicans won Kansas Senate Dist. 35 with Richard Wilbon, Kansas House of Representatives District 23 with Les Mason, Kansas House District 74 with Stephen Owens, Kansas House District 108 with Steven Johnson, McPherson County Commission District 2 with Tom Kueser, McPherson County Commission District 3 with David O’Dell, county clerk with Hollie D. Melroy, county treasurer with Teresa K. Nelson, registrar of deeds with Laurie B. Wiziarde, county attorney with Greg Benefiel and county sheriff with Jerry Montagne.

— Andrew Bahl of the Topeka Capital Journal contributed to this report.