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  • Grant beats Locke; retains House seat

  • Despite redistricting adding significant territory in two new counties, Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, retained his Kansas State House seat in District 2.



    With all precincts in, Grant beat Locke by roughly 1,000 votes in a district that spans Allen, Neosho, Bourbon and Crawford counties. In the 50 precincts that make up the district, Grant won 5,151 votes to Locke’s 4,174 votes, or 54-44 percent.

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  • Despite redistricting adding significant territory in two new counties, Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, retained his Kansas State House seat in District 2.
    With all precincts in, Grant beat Locke by roughly 1,000 votes in a district that spans Allen, Neosho, Bourbon and Crawford counties. In the 50 precincts that make up the district, Grant won 5,151 votes to Locke’s 4,174 votes, or 54-44 percent.
    But it was Grant’s victory in Crawford County that boosted him to victory.
    Grant won 3,961 votes in Crawford County to Locke’s 2,342 votes, a 61-36 percent lead in the county.
    “It goes back to the article in the Morning Sun,” Grant said. “I felt real good about getting that endorsement. I probably didn’t work as hard as I should have, but I did everything that I could have. I couldn’t do the door-to-door as I have in the past.”
    Locke said he was pleased with the results of the election despite a loss, the third time the two have squared off for the seat.
    “I’m saying to Bob, hopefully he’ll understand he’s not as popular as he thinks he is. People aren’t satisfied with him to the tune of [4,174] votes,” Locke said. “If that is happening as he finishes his term, he needs to be careful about how he handles it.”
    Locke said he was surprised that so many people in new territory not only supported him, but supported him in the face of a 20-year incumbent of the state House.
    Grant said he was disappointed not in the results of the election, but by the tenor of the recent campaigns.
    “I was disappointed no only in my race, but in others across the state. I can understand why no one wants to get into politics,” Grant said. “That’s coming from me. I’ve not seen so many trash thrown at people. It’s unbelieveable what will be done to win. I’m elated and would like to thank every voter who came out and voted for me. Politics used to be fun. It’s not as fun as it used to be anymore.”
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