Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kansas Secretary of State results: Fitzgerald, Pettey win primaries

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

According to the Kansas Secretary of State's Website, Pat Pettey and Steve Fitzgerald have each won their respective primaries.

Fitzgerald cruised to a 61-39 victory over Mark Gilstrap in the Republican primary for the Kansas Senate District 5 race. Vote wise, Fitzgerald won due primarily to his very strong support in Leavenworth County.

He won 67 percent of the vote in Leavenworth County. Gilstrap won just 51 percent of the Wyandotte County vote.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic Party, former Unified Government Commissioner Pat Pettey made easy work of her primary opponent Mario Escobar. Pettey won 73 percent of the vote in the Kansas Senate District 6 primary.

Fitzgerald will take on Kansas Sen. Kelly Kultala in the general election. Pettey will square off against Kansas Sen. Chris Steineger in District 6.

Both races could feature some state-wide interest, as both seats are targeted as possible flips in terms of party numbers.