TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A doctor who ousted U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary has now won the seat representing Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, spanning much of central and western Kansas.
Great Bend obstetrician Roger Marshall defeated Clifton farmer and educator Alan LaPolice, who was running as an independent. There was no Democratic candidate in the race in the heavily Republican district.
Marshall made national headlines in the August primary when he ousted Huelskamp, a tea party favorite who was a persistent annoyance to GOP leaders. Huelskamp lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee in 2012.
KSN asked Marshall about his plans for Kansas.
“This county has plenty of issues and challenges. I’m ready to work on the economy. I’m ready to work on national security. I’m ready to work on healthcare,” said Marshall. “And want to put agriculture back on the forefront of Kansas.”
Marshall received primary race endorsements from the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.