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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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