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Primary choices

August 1, 2006

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Matthew Taylor sets up a voting booth at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive, in preparation for today's primary election. Election experts are forecasting low voter turnout for today's election, which includes the race to determine who will challenge Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who is seeking re-election to a four-year term. For more on the election, see page 5A.

Matthew Taylor sets up a voting booth at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive, in preparation for today's primary election. Election experts are forecasting low voter turnout for today's election, which includes the race to determine who will challenge Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who is seeking re-election to a four-year term. For more on the election, see page 5A.

Decisions will be made today in the Democratic and Republican party primaries that may have far-reaching effects for Kansas, but fewer than one in four voters are expected to participate in the primary election.

On the Republican side, seven candidates are vying for the chance to run against Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who is seeking re-election to a four-year term. Sebelius faces no primary opposition.

The political warfare between the moderate and conservative wings of the Republican Party is evident in two contests: those involving Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and challenger Eric Carter, a state representative; and Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and challenger Kay O'Connor, a state senator. Carter and O'Connor are conservatives.

Meanwhile, a Democratic Party race that includes eastern Douglas County could change the direction of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Republicans in eastern Douglas County also will help pick a challenger to U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat, in the Nov. 7 general election.

The Kansas Democratic Party has opened its primary election to unaffiliated voters. That means registered voters who have not declared a party affiliation can cast ballots in Democratic contests.

The Republican Party is keeping its primary closed. Unaffiliated voters, however, can show up at the poll, register as a Republican and vote on the Republican ballot. After voting, they can go to the county clerk's office and re-register as unaffiliated.

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Check ljworld.com and Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 after 7 p.m. to see live updates from the election.

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Comments

Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

From a CNN article today: Board member Connie Morris' race in western Kansas was the most closely watched. The retired teacher has described evolution as "an age-old fairy tale" and "a nice bedtime story" unsupported by science.

Well....bye Connie. See ya!

One less utter disgrace in the field of education and politics, where in Kansas, the two have become fused together at the expense of children, students and the reputation of the entire state.

Ken Miller 8 years, 8 months ago

The precinct poll at 15th and Iowa - Immanuel Church - didn't open until 7:15. I'd be interested in knowing if other polling places opened late today in Lawrence.....

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 8 months ago

If you disagree with me you are ugly and immoral, and your brother courts goats.

aeroscout17 8 years, 8 months ago

7am-7pm are the hours the polls are open.

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