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  • Calloway likely 3rd District winner

  • Although close to 400 ballots are left to count, it appears that Republican Terry Calloway has defeated Democrat incumbent Julie Menghini for the Third District State House seat.

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  • Although close to 400 ballots are left to count, it appears that Republican Terry Calloway has defeated Democrat incumbent Julie Menghini for the Third District State House seat.
    By an unofficial margin of 162 votes, Calloway claimed victory after Tuesday night’s general election.
    In order for there to be a turn of events, Menghini would have to claim almost 300 of the provisional votes left to be counted on Friday. That’s only if all of those votes are from the Third District.
    “You know, I thought it would be very close and it was very close,” Calloway said. “We knew there would be a lot of ground that needed to be made up and we put out maximum effort.”
    For Menghini, who served two terms in the Kansas House, she said that it was a matter of getting caught up in an election cycle where the message was anti-incumbent and anti-Obama.
    “My opponent did a great job of trying to connect me to Obama,” Menghini said. “It really doesn’t matter because he did a good job of painting me with a federal brush.”
    But Calloway said that it was about talking ... and understanding ... what people were saying throughout the campaign.
    “What made the difference was that I understood what the people were saying,” Calloway said. “When people come to the door, they have a single issue to talk to you about and I treated like it was my only issue and made sure that I was sincere about what they had to say.”
    Menghini, who was known for trying to work an augmentation to the state gaming initiative through the Kansas Legislature this year, said that she was still happy with how she ran her campaign throughout the cycle. She also had well-wishes for Calloway, who will assume the duties in the Kansas House in January.
    “I wish him the best and I hope he cares as much for this constituency as I have,” Menghini said. “I want nothing but good things for the Third District and that has always been my goal.”
    And for Calloway, the job now is to move forward.
    “I’m going to follow through with the commitments I have made to turn this economy around,” Calloway said. “I want to design some local solutions to help southeast Kansas and Pittsburg.”
    The remaining provisional ballots and certification will be done by the Crawford County Commission during its meeting on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.
    Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140
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