Republican US Rep. Lynn Jenkins wins re-election

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has beaten back a spirited challenge from a Democratic attorney in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Jenkins defeated Democrat Margie Wakefield of Lawrence in Tuesday’s election to win a fourth, two-year term. Jenkins is the senior member of the state’s U.S. House delegation.

Democrats hoped that GOP moderates frustrated with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts also would turn on Jenkins. The incumbent is a member of House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team.

But Jenkins and her allies tied Wakefield to Democratic President Barack Obama.

The incumbent also had a financial advantage. Jenkins raised more than $2.3 million in contributions and still had $1 million in mid-October. Wakefield began the campaign’s final weeks with less than $71,000 after raising $722,000 in contributions.

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