Archive for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Election blog: Gregory defeats Barnhart

Baker University President Pat Long, left, was the 18th voter at the fire station downtown Tuesday morning. All polling places reported light turnout.

Baker University President Pat Long, left, was the 18th voter at the fire station downtown Tuesday morning. All polling places reported light turnout.

August 3, 2010, 9:08 a.m.

Updated: August 4, 2010, 11:26 a.m.

As expected, TerriLois Gregory of Baldwin City defeated Scott Barnhart of Ottawa in the primary election Tuesday for the Republican nomination for the 10th District House of Representative’s seat.

The unofficial count showed Gregory had 1,370 votes to Barnhart’s 616. That gave her 69 percent of the vote to Barnhart's 31 percent. She will now advance to the November general election where she will face incumbent Rep. Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City.

“Thank you to all the citizens voting in support of my campaign and to my volunteers,” said Gregory. “Congratulations to Scott James Barnhart for his willingness to serve the state of Kansas. I look forward to a spirited debate on the issues this fall.”

Gregory, who says she’s lived in Baldwin City since 2007, hasn’t held office before. She is a legislative aide in Topeka for State Rep. Mike Kiegerl.

“I offer real solutions to the significant issues we Kansans face and would request your vote on Nov. 2 so I may implement them once I take office next session in Topeka,” said Gregory.

7 p.m.

Voters were still coming into all three polling places as the 7 p.m. closing deadline loomed. Turnout had been good.

The American Legion Hall had a surge in voting in the late afternoon and, as usual, after 5 p.m. There were 244 voters who had cast ballots there. The primary center was at 197 and had several provisional ballots that will put them over 200. The fire station was at 174 votes.

Those unofficial totals puts Baldwin City’s vote at 715 for the primary, which all poll workers thought was a good turnout.

The Signal will have results as soon as possible online.

4:50 p.m.

The usual heavier turnout at the American Legion Hall really started to show at the 4:30 p.m. check of polling places in Baldwin City.

The Legion Hall had 172 voters, compared to the primary center’s 137 and 128 at the fire station. Traditionally, the Legion Hall always has more voters.

Poll workers at all three locations continued to say they were pleased by the turnout for the primary election, especially considering the excessive heat of the day. At last check, temperatures were at 102 degrees, with the heat index at 111.

The Signal will make one more check of the polling places before they close at 7 p.m. We’ll have the results of the election online as soon as they are available.

2:15 p.m.

Much like the temperatures outside, voters cracked the century mark early in the afternoon at all Baldwin City polling places.

As of around 2 p.m., the Legion Hall had 116 voters, the primary center had 108 and the fire station had 105. Temperatures outside hovered between 102 and 105, depending on which bank marquee you looked at.

Poll workers at all three locations were pleasantly surprised by the turnout so far and hope voters keep coming in. At the fire station, workers said there had been a steady stream of voters since about 9 a.m. Several times people had to wait to vote.

11:15 a.m.

Voting heated up along with the day this morning at all polling places around Baldwin City.

Fire station poll workers said they even had people waiting in line to vote at one time. They also said they’d heard from the county clerk’s office that voting here was going better than anywhere else in the county.

The most voters had been to the Legion Hall, where they had 83. The primary center wasn’t far behind with 79 and the fire station had 61.

All three locations said they’d been pleased by the turnout so far, but also wondered if it would slack off in the heat of the day. Temperatures are expected to reach 100, with a heat index worse than that as the area is in an excessive heat warning.

9:10 a.m.

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was slow, according to poll workers at all locations.

At the fire station downtown, the first voter didn’t show up until 7:20 a.m. The polls opened at 7 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m.

So far, Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center has had the most voters with 36. The Legion Hall was second with 32 voters, Vinland had 25 and the fire station 18. Voter numbers were taken around 8 a.m.

Voters at BESPC should be aware that because of school enrollment today, the polls are in a different place. Just follow the signs.

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