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Man Defeats Wife in Kan. Election

November 7, 2002

HUTCHISON, Kan. (AP) _ Marital bliss appears to have survived a political race that pitted county Judge Steve Becker against his wife.

Becker, a Republican, drew 13,375 votes to the 5,638 cast for wife Sarah Sweet-McKinnon, a Democrat who works as a public defender in Wichita.

There were no hard feelings after the results were announced.

``I think Reno County just picked themselves a pretty great judge,″ Sweet-McKinnon said, wrapping an arm around her opponent as they sat side by side at a restaurant.

It was the first time in two decades that Becker faced an opponent. Sweet-McKinnon had argued that it was time for a change.

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