Polls open in Kansas’ primary election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Polls have opened in the Kansas’ primary election.

Republican voters in western and central Kansas are deciding a hot primary race Tuesday that could unseat congressman Tim Huelskamp.

His contentious race against Great Bend obstetrician Roger Marshall in the 1st District is the state’s marquee congressional primary.

Voters are deciding whether Huelskamp’s willingness to buck party leaders in Washington reflects a much-needed streak of independence or a character flaw that prevents him from being effective.

Meanwhile, moderate Republicans are making the election a referendum on the state’s budget problems and education funding as they try to oust conservative incumbents from the Legislature.

More than two dozen GOP legislators face primary opponents Tuesday.  Most are allies of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Polls are to remain open until 7 p.m. local time.

 

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