Incumbent Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is twice as popular as Democrat Paul Feleciano among Kansans who plan to vote in the U.S. Senate election this fall, a Journal-World campaign poll says.
The statewide survey of more than 800 registered voters, conducted Monday to Wednesday indicated Brownback would receive 56 percent of the vote if the Nov. 3 general election were held now. Feleciano, a state senator from Wichita, would get 26 percent. Eighteen percent remained undecided.
Brownback was elected in 1996 to fill the unexpired term of Bob Dole, who lost his bid to oust President Clinton.
The poll by Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research in Columbia, Md., had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
In other statewide races, the poll indicated:
- Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall, a Republican, would crush likely Democratic opponent Dan Lykins, a Topeka attorney. Lykins faces Fred Phelps Jr. of Topeka in the primary. Stovall won the nod of 62 percent of the respondents, while Lykins had 12 percent. Twenty-six percent were undecided.
- Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius, the only Democratic statewide officeholder, would defeat both Republicans competing for the right to challenge her in November. Sebelius would take Dan Martinez of Wichita -- 48 percent to 26 percent. She would top Bryan Riley, also of Wichita, by a margin of 48 percent to 25 percent. In both instances, one-fourth of respondents were undecided.
- House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, R-Baxter Springs, would defeat Democrat Rita Cline of Topeka in a race to fill the vacancy for state treasurer, created when Sally Thompson resigned to take a federal position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Shallenburger won support from 36 percent of those polled while Cline claimed 26 percent. Neither is well-known statewide. A majority of people surveyed didn't recognize the name of either candidate.
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