Primary election night updates: Hughes defeats Melton as moderates make significant gains across JoCo


Updated 9:58 p.m.: The election office has posted the unofficial final results, and it appears moderates have made something close to a clean sweep of their targeted elections for the cycle. In northeast Johnson County, moderate Dorothy Hughes easily defeated conservative Neil Melton for the Republican nomination for the District 21 House seat being vacated by Barbara Bollier. Hughes had 1,646 votes to 1,061 votes for Melton, a 61-39 margin.

In the race for Johnson County Sheriff, former sheriff’s deputy and county commissioner Calvin Hayden edged John Resman for the win, 37 percent to 34 percent. Dennis Hammer came in third with 29 percent of the vote. There is not Democratic challenger, so Hayden will replace Frank Denning as the head of county law enforcement.

Lots more results and analysis coming in the morning!

Updated 9 p.m.: The election office hasn’t released any partial results from the precincts today, but the moderate camp has been celebrating as numbers from poll watchers have come in. Looking like a number of incumbent Republicans are in trouble.

Updated 7:39 p.m.: Unofficial partial results from advanced voting are in, and here’s what we know:

Dorothy Hughes leads Neil Melton 565-286 (66 percent to 34 percent) in the race to become the Republican candidate to replace Rep. Barbara Bollier in District 21. The winner will face Democrate Jerry Stogsdill, who has 300 advanced votes.

Elsewhere in the county, moderates seem to have amassed pretty sizable advanced voting leads over conservative incumbents.

Joy Koesten leads incumbent Rep. Jerry Lunn 716 to 454; Jan Kessinger leads incumbent Rep. Rob Bruchman 1004 to 657; Dinah Sykes leads incumbent Sen. Greg Smith 1577 to 980; John Skubal leads incumbent Sen. Jeff Melcher 2498 to 1529.

Updated 7:05 p.m.: A’ight, gang. It’s just after 7 p.m., which means the polls are closed. We’ll keep this post updated with the latest information as it comes in. We generally get advanced balloting results pretty early in the evening and then a full non-official count around 9:30 p.m. or so — but it can be later. Here’s the election office’s description of what to expect in terms of release times:

First results tonight are expected to be posted by approximately 7:30 p.m. and will show the advance ballots cast in this election. Advance ballots include all advance mail ballots received by 7:00 p.m. on election day, all advance in person ballots cast at the advance voting locations, as well as all Federal Service ballots that have been returned.

At 9:30, our office will make a decision whether to keep uploading results or shut down all tabulation for about 15 minutes to create and post an interim update. If we post an interim update, our target would be to have it posted by 10 p.m. A third and final update for the night would be posted as soon as possible, hopefully by 11 p.m. Update times will be dependent upon lines at the closing of elections.

If we believe we can get final results posted by approximately 10:15 without stopping for an interim update, we will not post an interim update. Interim updates are directional at best, where final results are most important.

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