Daily Archives: July 27, 2010

Poll: Three-way tie in 1st District congressional race

vote 2010 headerThe Republican primary race for the open 1st Congressional District seat remains tight, according to results of a poll released today.

In a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KWCH, state Sens. Jim Barnett of Emporia and Tim Huelskamp of Fowler and Salina real estate agent Tracey Mann were tied at 24 percent. The margin of error was a plus or minus 4.4 percent.

About 10 days earlier, Barnett and Mann drew 25 percent with Huelskamp at 22 percent.

Other results from the most recent poll showed Rob Wasinger of Cottonwood Falls and former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback receiving 12 percent. College teacher Sue Boldra of Hays was at 7 percent and attorney Marck Cobb of Galva at 2 percent. Seven percent were undecided.

The polling was conducted Saturday through Monday, surveying 526 registered voters who would be likely to vote in next Tuesday’s primary.

The GOP winner will face Democrat Alan Jilka, a former mayor of Salina, and Libertarian Jack Warner in November.

Gietzen’s campaign finance report

Candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives and statewide offices reported their financial activities for the last seven months on Monday.

One report that was missing when the Eagle hit deadline was Mark Gietzen’s. He is running in the Aug. 3 primary against Rep. Phil Hermanson, R-Wichita, for the 96th District.

A time stamp on his file shows it was faxed to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission at 11:59 p.m. Monday. Candidates had until midnight to file their reports.

Gietzen had $380 available during the fundraising cycle, which started Jan. 1 and ended July 22. He spent $330, mostly on printing candidate brochures.

Hermanson had $12,516 available and spent $8,308 during the same time. The primary winner will face Democrat Brandon Whipple in the November election. Whipple had $16,944 available and spent $1,764.