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K.C. mayor loses primary election Tuesday night

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 10:00 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — First-term Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has become the first incumbent since the 1920s to lose a primary election.

Funkhouser conceded the seven-way primary slightly more than two hours after the polls closed Tuesday night.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns showed Funkhouser third with 21 percent of the vote to 27 percent for Sly James and 26 percent for Mike Burke, both attorneys.

Funkhouser, a 61-year-old former city auditor, came into office four years ago pledging an end to business as usual at City Hall.

But his tenure was marked by a couple of lawsuits, controversial appointments and recall efforts.

James and Burke advance to the general election March 22.


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