TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has been re-elected in Kansas' 2nd District.
Jenkins, a former state legislator and treasurer, defeated Topeka pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen in Tuesday's election.
The district covers much of eastern Kansas. Because of new boundaries drawn in June, the district includes all of Lawrence and Douglas County, which had previously been in the 3rd District.
Jenkins, of Topeka, campaigned on jobs and the economy, vowing to continue to fight back government regulations on small businesses.
In his first political campaign, Schlingensiepen won a three-way Democratic primary in August.
The last Democrat to hold the seat was Nancy Boyda who lost to Jenkins in 2008.
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