It was a long night for Sedgwick County, as candidates and supporters found themselves waiting for election results long after the polls closed. Briana O’Higgins spent the evening downtown at the Sedgwick County Republican Party headquarters.
The County election office experienced software problems and did not start releasing results until after 11 p.m.
With those results came some disappointments for the Wichita GOP.
Brenda Landwehr lost her house seat after redistricting placed her into Democrat Nile Dillmore’s 92nd district. After a heated campaign, Dillmore prevailed.
Landwehr said the loss will give her more time to spend with her family.
“My husband will be happy to have me back full time with our business and my grandchildren will be happy to have me back as a full time grandma,” said Landwehr.
Republican Ben Sauceda was unable to oust Democratic County Commissioner Tim Norton for the District 2 commission seat.
He said he will wake up tomorrow and go from there. “The cause is going to go on and we will still be in the battle, thats for sure... because its about the issues, it is not about the individual, it's about the issues,” said Sauceda.
Congressman Mike Pompeo made an appearance at the party, he kept his seat in the US House, beating out Democratic challenger Robert Tillman and Libertarian Thomas Jefferson.
Pompeo said even in the wake of Romney’s loss, his priorities are the same.
“I ran for congress because we are spending $1 trillion a year that we don’t have,” said Pompeo. “And that doesn’t change whether president Obama or Governor Romney is the president. A week from today I will be back in Washington hard at it again.”