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Ranzau moves on as GOP nominee in Sedgwick Co. District 4 race

Published: Aug. 14, 2018 at 10:40 AM CDT
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Tuesday, August 17, 2018

Richard Ranzau will move on the as the Republican nominee in the race for Sedgwick County's fourth district.

Hugh Nicks, Ranzau's opponent in the race, requested a recount on Tuesday. It was completed on Friday afternoon.

The numbers remain unchanged from what was released from Sedgwick County's canvass. They show Ranzau leading Nicks by 75 votes, 3,513 to 3,438.

Nicks did have to put a $1,000 bond from the recount.

Ranzau will face Democratic challenger Lacey Cruse in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hugh Nicks has formally requested a recount in his Primary race against Richard Ranzau for Sedgwick County 4th District County Commission.

In a letter to Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman, Nicks requested a hand-count of all ballots, cast on either machines or by hand - including advance and provisional ballots.

Ranzau won that election by a slim margin. The final count from the canvass in Sedgwick County has Ranzau winning that race with 3,513 votes to Nicks' 3,438.

In his letter, he appointed a representative to watch over the official recount process, and requested that Ranzau be asked to recuse himself from the recount panel.

With the letter, Nicks sent a cashier's check for $1,000 as a surety for the recount.

Ranzau says he doesn't think a recount will change much.

"It's a slim margin overall, but I think as far as a recount, it should be pretty safe. If we are off by 75 votes, I would think we have some errors in some other races as well," said Ranzau.

Nicks says he wanted a recount because there could be errors and wants to double check.

The election commissioner says a bipartisan group of election workers will be hired to do the recount. The group has 5 days to get it done. The election commissioner says they should start counting those ballots by Thursday.

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