Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Breaking down the Wyandotte County election results


With all of the votes in, here's how Wyandotte County voted last night in competitive races - I'm not including the one-candidate elections.

• As expected, President Obama carried Wyandotte County heavily. He won 67 percent of the vote, while Mitt Romney won just over 30 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won just 1.4 percent of the vote.

• In what might be the oddest number, Libertarian candidate Joel Balam nearly beat U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in terms of Wyandotte County voters. Yoder edged out Balam in the U.S. House of Representatives race 19,522 votes to 18,101 votes. Yoder barely crossed the 50 percent mark, but results from Johnson County pushed him over the 70 percent mark in the Third District.

• Kansas Sen. David Haley crushed Joe Ward, 16,917 votes to 4,332.

• Kansas Sen. Kelly Kultala won Wyandotte County by a margin of 5,636 votes to 4,794. However, Republican challenger Steve Fitzgerald used a strong performance in Leavenworth County to edge Kultala out in the entire district.

• Pat Pettey ran up the score on Chris Steineger in Wyandotte County, winning by nearly 4,000 votes. She earned 9,734 votes to Steineger's 5,745 in Wyandotte County. She won the race easily.

• Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz cruised to an easy win in the 31st District, winning 3,933 votes to 1,557.

• After trailing early, Kansas Rep. Tom Burroughs won with a comeback against Republican challenger Tony Bukaty. Burroughs earned 4,758 votes to Bukaty's 3,467 total.

• Out in the west, Kansas Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore defeated Republican challenger Shawn Shipp by a 6,989-3,430 margin.