Jenkins takes easy win in 2nd Congress GOP primary

Rep. Lynn Jenkins  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has easily defeated a tea party challenger in the Republican primary in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Jenkins defeated challenger Joshua Joel Tucker in Tuesday’s primary.

Jenkins is a 51-year-old former two-term state treasurer who’s seeking her fourth, two-year term in the House. She’s the vice chairwoman of the House Republican caucus, the fifth-ranking GOP leader in the chamber.

She’ll face Democrat and Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield in the November election.

Tucker is a 31-year-old Pittsburg State University employee who had campaign business cards saying, “The Constitution is my Special Interest.”

Through late July, Tucker had raised less than $10,000 for his campaign, while Jenkins raised nearly $475,000 in July alone.

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