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Masterson Holds Seat For Another Term

Stephen Koranda
KPR, File photo
Sen. Ty Masterson speaks to reporters last year.

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson will hold on to his seat for another term. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports on the Senate District 16 race.

Unofficial numbers put incumbent Ty Masterson in the lead with 65 percent of the vote over Democratic candidate Gabriel Costilla.

Masterson is the current chair of the senate Ways and Means Committee. At a watch party for fellow Republican Mike Pompeo, who also won his 4th Congressional District Seat, Masterson said his campaign was working against the political climate in Kansas.

“I think the general population is misinformed about the big three issues that you saw in this campaign, all three of them. The truth behind transportation funding, about public retirement, and K-12 education spending. I think there’s a misconception amongst the general public.”

But Masterson says he will work with whoever is in the new Legislature, which will have more Democrats and moderate Republicans than in the past.


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Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.