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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Ewy apparent winner in the 117th

  • The race between Dennis McKinney, Greensburg, and John Ewy, Jetmore, for the 117th District House seat was one of the closest of the evening.
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  • The race between Dennis McKinney, Greensburg, and John Ewy, Jetmore, for the 117th District House seat was one of the closest of the evening.
    "It looks like we have enough votes and Mr. McKinney has called and congratulated me," Ewy told the Globe shortly before deadline.
    "I told him out here in Hodgeman County we don't count those chickens before they're hatched."
    Ewy attributed his apparent win to solid support in his home county and neighboring Ness and Pawnee counties.
    "As soon as I saw how the 117th was going to look this time, I sent my application in the next day," Ewy said.
    Responding to concerns expressed by voters during the campaign, Ewy, should he eventually win the seat, already has a list of issues he wants to address.
    "Our rural schools, making sure KPERS in going to be there, rural health care, water rights, helping small businesses, community colleges and work force development," Ewy said.
    Another goal for Ewy will be to communicate back to the people in the 117th what's happening in Topeka.
    McKinney attributed his loss to campaign spending and tactics by his opponent.
    "It's hard to overcome that amount of money. I did feel complimented that they were concerned enough that they put a U.S. congressman on the radio to say things that weren't true," McKinney said.
    He was referring to a radio and mail campaign that linked his name with President Obama's health care plan.
    "That was a classic red herring political strategy," McKinney said.
    "In the first place I don't agree with most of Obamacare and in the second place it's not a state issue."
    "But I didn't do any negative campaigning, so I'm at peace with myself," McKinney said.
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