Roberts leads in Senate race as Kansas polls close

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has taken a small lead over tea party challenger Milton Wolf in early returns for the Republican primary with the polls closed statewide in Kansas.

Incumbent congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo also were holding off GOP primary challengers.

In the Senate contest, Roberts had 51 percent of the vote with 3 percent of the state’s precincts reporting results. Wolf had 37 percent, with two lesser-known candidates splitting the rest.

The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term. Wolf is a Leawood radiologist.

Huelskamp was in a tight race with Clyde farmer and educator Alan LaPolice in the 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas.

Pompeo had a comfortable early lead over former congressman Todd Tiahrt in the 4th District of south-centralKansas.

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