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Nick Jordan drops out of 3rd District GOP primary race

Nick Jordan, who was the GOP nominee in 2008 but lost to incumbent Dennis Moore, dropped out of this year's race for the seat.

April 22, 2010, 9:29 a.m. Updated April 22, 2010, 1:33 p.m.


Former Kansas Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, announced Thursday morning he will bow out of the GOP race for the 3rd District House seat to avoid a contentious primary.

The 2008 Republican nominee's exit from the congressional race also comes after rival Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, of Overland Park, had gained a fundraising edge since the beginning of the year.

The race for the open seat changed shape recently when Stephene Moore, the wife of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, announced she would seek the Democratic nomination to try to replace her husband.

In his statement to supporters, Jordan mentioned his opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reform plan and other policies as reasons he decide to re-enter the race last November.

"This makes the stakes incredibly high in this year's elections. Yet with so many candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives, I fear we could provide an opening for our liberal congressman's liberal wife to sneak into office in his place," Jordan said.

The 3rd district includes eastern Lawrence and Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

Several other GOP candidates, including former state Rep. Patricia Lightner of Olathe, were in the race before Dennis Moore announced his retirement late last year, but pundits regarded Yoder, chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee, and Jordan as the GOP front-runners.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Yoder's campaign ended the first quarter with $478,000 in the bank compared to Jordan's $180,000. Congressional Quarterly also shifted the race back to a "tossup" after Stephene Moore announced her candidacy.

In his letter to supporters Jordan said he did not intend to make an endorsement in the GOP primary.

In a statement Yoder praised Jordan’s political career.

“I have great respect for Nick Jordan's impressive record of public service to the citizens of Kansans," he said. "The Republican Party owes a debt of gratitude to Nick for his part in fighting against Dennis Moore and Nancy Pelosi's liberal agendas. 

“It is time that Republicans unite to defeat the destructive policies of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and congressional liberals. As we work towards victory in November, my campaign will continue to focus on fiscal discipline, cutting wasteful spending and creating private sector jobs."

The Kansas Democratic Party chairman said Jordan’s decision meant GOP leaders pushed him out of the race because they were concerned about Stephene Moore’s momentum.

“However, Nick Jordan’s adamant refusal to make an endorsement reveals lingering divisions within the Kansas Republican Party that continue threaten the unity of their party,” Democratic chairman Larry Gates said in a statement. “Stephene Moore has broad support from Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans who want Kansas to continue to have a moderate, fiscally responsible voice in Congress.”


Centerville 8 years ago

If Yoder doesn't lose his nerve and saves us from the taxaholics in Topeka, he'll be a shoo-in.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

BUT we must remember that the Moore family is not liberal bay any stretch of the imagination which is to say Nick Jordan is lying.

Blue dog democrats are conservative democrats.

Yoder has stuck with the Ks republicans for years now and he will be no different in Washington D.C.

If Yoder has a financial edge it is because he is selling out to the special interest lobby aka business as usual. AND the special interests are feeling more comfortable with Yoder which is NOT good for voting taxpayers.

Beltway repubs have been the biggest spenders,have spread war which is a huge tax increase and stood back and watched Bush/Cheney sink the economy and put millions out work. Most all of those repub legislators are still in office.... they are the ones who wrote the big spending legislation for Bush to sign.

Brent Garner 8 years ago

Let's see. As I recall Mr. Moore voted for the Obama Bail Out. Voted for ObamaCare! Has supported every leftist, socialist thing the Great Usurper has proposed! Oh, he, Moore, made appropriate noises but when it came time to vote, he fell in line like the obedient leftist lapdog that he is. Should we expect anything different from his wife? I doubt it!

Mike Ford 8 years ago

I love how these dumblicans including Jerry Moran refuse in advertisements to acknowledge that their negligence and head in the sand behavior are responsible for causing the spending they complain about. They are out of their minds if they think that they can neglect domestic issues for as long as they have and no one ever has to pay for it. The isolationicans can stay in whatever part of rural kansas they come from and simply repeat what their national dumblicans tell them to and sell this garbage to the isolated people they pander to about taxes. They want the federal government out of their business, REALLY?, if so, stop taking farming subsidies to stop growing things and move to where the jobs are. Everyone else has to. It's also funny when the state of Kansas rates the counties that the SRS is most involved in due to poverty, and a good number of them are in southeast and south central Kansas. I know this is about Nick Jordan but I see him carrying the Bash Obama bucket on health care so he's fair game to me.

doubledogleg 8 years ago

Yoder will make a good Congressman for the third district. Energetic, smart and hardworking. He understands the district very well. Nick Jordan is a good guy too, and he made a gracious move. Perhaps the new KS Republican Party is building momentum? Long way to go, but looks like they are on the right track.

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