Politics & Government

Pauls prevails in Reno County recount

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A recount in Reno County has confirmed a conservative Kansas House Democrat’s narrow victory in the state’s primary election.

Rep. Jan Pauls of Hutchinson even picked up a vote Monday against challenger Erich Bishop, also from Hutchinson. The hand recount of votes in the 102nd House District had Pauls winning, 428-420.

Her margin of victory previously had been seven votes. Bishop sought the recount.

Pauls’ race was notable because gay rights advocates have targeted her for defeat, and Bishop has been active in the Kansas Equality Coalition, the state’s leading gay-rights group.

Pauls has strongly supported legislation that gay rights advocates believe will nullify local ordinances meant to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.

Pauls will face Republican Dakota Bass, also from Hutchinson, in the November general election.