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Ellsworth County election results

POSTED: November 6, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Mark McCoy/

Ellsworth's American Legion building was a busy place Tuesday afternoon - and most of the day - as residents cast their votes in the 2012 general election.

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8:26 p.m. - Final results from all 25 precincts. 2,720 total ballots cast.

Magistrate judge:

Willey - 1,308

Stefek - 855

Ranker - 485


Obama-Biden - 696

Romney-Ryan - 1,905

Kansas Senate 35th district:

Emler - 2060

Bryant - 394

Constutional Amendment:

Yes - 1,320

No - 1,013

See complete story in the 11/8 I-R.

8:15 p.m.- 17 of 25 precincts counted.

Magistrate judge:

Willey - 1,015

Stefek - 613

Ranker - 324

President -

Obama-Biden - 490

Romney-Ryan - 1,431

Constitution Amendment:

Yes - 974

No - 755

8:10 p.m. - With 11 of 25 Ellsworth County precincts counted. Verle Willey increased his lead to 745 votes. Stefek had 479 and Ranker 239.


Obama-Biden - 381

Romney-Ryan - 1,060

Kansas State Senate, 35th District,

Emler - 1,153

Bryant - 193

7:45 p.m. -  With 6 of 25 Ellsworth County precincts counted, Verle Willey maintained his lead for magistrate judge. He had 400 votes, compared to 286 for Democrat Stefek and 119 for Independent Ranker.

In other results:


Obama-Biden - 240

Romney-Ryan - 562

Kansas State Senate, 35th District

Emler, R-Lindsborg - 621

Bryant, L-Galva - 106.

A constitutional amendment that would allow the Kansas Legislature to change the way water craft are taxed was 353 yes and 209 no.


Republican Verle Willey was ahead in early voting Tuesday night only minutes after the polls closed in Ellsworth County and early and absentee ballots were counted.
Willey received 240 votes for the job of magistrate judge. Other vote totals were: Democrat Doug Stefek, 137, and Independent Geri Ranker, 76.
The judge’s job was the only really contested local race.
Veteran Kansas Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, received 347 votes, compared to 60 for libertarian candidate Jesse Bryant, Galva.
At the national level, the Romney-Ryan ticket had 308 votes. Obama and Biden, on the Democratic side, had 149 votes in early voting.
Ellsworth County election officer Jan Andrews said 472 early and absentee ballots were cast. That is about 12 percent of the county’s registered voters, the most ever. Only 9 percent of the eligible voters cast early ballots in the primary election earlier this year.

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