Seward County election officials say school board member Reid Petty of Liberal won the Republican primary for the Kansas House in the 125th District.
Canvassing in Seward County on Monday found Petty defeated incumbent Rep. Carl Holmes of Liberal by nine votes, 904 to 895.
The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/MXpS6v ) Petty held an eight-vote lead before provisional ballots were counted Monday.
Holmes was first elected to the House in 1985, and gained national prominence on energy policy questions as the longtime chairman of the House Energy and Utilities Committee.
Petty is chairman of the Republican Party in Seward County.
No Democrat is running in the 125th House District general election.