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A Hutchinson man who came within eight votes of winning a primary election for the Kansas House of Representatives has been charged with domestic battery.
Erich Bishop is in the Reno County jail on charges that include battery against a Hutchinson police officer. Bishop has pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 16.
The 28-year-old Bishop nearly unseated Democratic Representative Jan Pauls, a Democrat from Hutchinson, in the August primary. She won re-election in November.
The Associated Press reports police responded to a domestic violence call involving a man and a 48-year-old female victim on Dec. 24. Bishop allegedly kicked a police officer while being arrested. The officer was not seriously hurt.
Bishop is being held on $1,100 bond.