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County race down to the wire
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: August 09, 2018

In a night filled with races that were too close to call, the Aug. 7 Republican primary election appears unsettled for a local Sedgwick County Commission seat.

Incumbent Richard Ranzau of Wichita and challenger Hugh Nicks of Maize ended the night with an 87-vote separation.

In an unofficial tally from the Sedgwick County Election Office, Ranzau held a slim lead 3,455 to 3,368 (50.6 percent to 49.4 percent). The votes will be canvassed next week.

"It's not 100 percent until we go through the process," Ranzau said. " We'll have to wait and see, but I'd rather be 87 up then 87 down."

Nicks told The News that he will consider requesting a recount.

"People told me if it's less than 100, it's probably worth doing," Nicks said.

Ranzau is seeking his third term on the commission, representing District 4, while Nicks has never held elected office.

Ranzau did well in Valley Center voting precincts, winning all seven of them. Nicks won 16 of the district's 51 precincts.

"I'm very appreciative of all the support," Ranzau said. " It was appreciated and necessary."

The winner will face Lacey Cruse in the November General Election. Cruse won the Democratic primary over Michael Kinard with 57 percent of the vote (3,074 to 2,318).

The secretary of state's office listed the Republican governor's race as 126,257 for Kris Kobach and 126,066 for Jeff Colyer, a margin of 191 votes.

In uncontested local primaries, Steve Huebert won the Republican nod for Kansas House 90th District and will not have a challenger in the General Election, while Emil Bergquist moved on in the 91st District race to face Libertarian David Loomis in November.

In the Kansas House 89th District, KC Ohaebosim won a three-person race in the Democratic primary with 66.3 percent of the vote. He faces no opposition in the General Election.

Linda Kirby and Rodger Woods won contested District Court judge races.

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