KANSAS CITY — Republican Sen. Kit Bond and his likely challenger, Democratic state Treasurer Nancy Farmer, weren’t worried about Tuesday’s primary opposition — they were focusing on each other and on the November general election.
Bond won the U.S. Senate nomination with 90 percent of the GOP vote, with 5 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Farmer was leading with an overwhelming 78 percent of the Democratic vote.
“Obviously most of the attention was focused on races on the other ticket, but we very much appreciate the people who turned out to help us,” Bond said. “We’re encouraging them tonight to go to work for the general election, because this is just the first step in what’s going to be a three-month, very tough battle.”
Bond said earlier in the day that he won’t be able to fully shift into campaign mode until Congress finishes the highway construction bill and other work for the year.
Farmer, on the other hand, said she is fully engaged in campaigning against Bond.
“We all have schedules to juggle and lots of things to get done, but campaigning is an important part of the job,” she said. “We’re anxious to get the primary behind us because we think this is going to be a great campaign.”
Also running in the Democratic primary were farmer Ronald Bonar of Versailles and St. Louis attorney Charles Berry. On the Republican side, St. Louis County computer consultant Mike Steger was running against Bond.
Also running is graphic artist Kevin Tull of Kansas City, who was unopposed on the Libertarian ballot.