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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce Ousted In Republican Primary

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Incumbent Terry Bruce, left, and retired educator Edward Berger.

A retired college president beat the incumbent in a Kansas House District 34 race. Edward Berger received 57 percent of the vote against Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce in last night's Republican primary.

Berger convened a group of supporters at a bowling alley and sports bar in Hutchinson. The crowd kept a careful eye on a TV screen where results were displayed--and they celebrated often. Although incumbent Bruce increased his campaign activity leading into the primary, Berger says the race ended up being a “David and Goliath” story.

“We’re just a bunch of amateurs putting this campaign together," he said. "Nobody really had any experience with campaigns, but people were very dedicated to making it happen and that was the difference right there. They wanted to change Kansas and they were committed to making that happen.”

Berger will face Democrat Homer Gilson in the Nov. 8 general election.

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