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Brownback wins Republican nomination for Kansas governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback, left, raises hands with his candidate for Lt. Governor, Kansas senator Jeff Colyer, at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback, left, raises hands with his candidate for Lt. Governor, Kansas senator Jeff Colyer, at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

August 3, 2010, 6:45 p.m. Updated August 3, 2010, 11:06 p.m.

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Sam Brownback speaks to watch party after winning Republican nomination for governor

Brownback will face Democratic nominee Tom Holland in the race for Kansas governor. Enlarge video

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback picks up two-year-old Harrison Littlefield of Overland Park after speaking to those gathered at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. At left is Lt. gubernatorial candidate and Kansas senator Jeff Colyer.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback picks up two-year-old Harrison Littlefield of Overland Park after speaking to those gathered at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. At left is Lt. gubernatorial candidate and Kansas senator Jeff Colyer.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback speaks to a crowd at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Sam Brownback speaks to a crowd at the Overland Park Marriott for a watch party organized by the Johnson County Republican Party, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

Sam Brownback easily won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday and started to lay out plans that included a spending freeze on the state’s general fund.

See a precinct by precinct breakdown of this race.

“We can’t keep going down the path of more taxes, more regulation and more litigation,” Brownback told an Overland Park crowd in a victory speech. “We need to be on the highway of growth, excellence in education, job opportunities and stronger families.”

In November he will face Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who did not face a primary challenger Tuesday.

Holland has frequently tried to paint Brownback — a U.S. senator giving up his seat to run — as a Washington insider.

“For the past 16 years in Washington, there’s been more debt, more gridlock and more partisanship, and we simply cannot solve these challenges by bringing a Washington politician and putting them at the head of Kansas government,” Holland said.

Brownback was heavily favored over his Tuesday primary opponent, little-known Joan Heffington of Derby. The race was called early, and Brownback was getting more than 80 percent of the votes in the statewide race.

Heffington, a former home builder and Boeing Co. purchasing agent, had promised to put every bill sent to her as governor through a biblical test before signing it.

Brownback is expected to unveil his “Roadmap for Kansas” Monday.

He said one of his major goals is to redo the school finance formula, although he has provided no details on that. Brownback said he was upset by litigation surrounding school finance and that he wants to focus more on getting money to the classroom.

He also called for a state general fund spending freeze and an “Office of the Repealer to end costly and counterproductive regulation.”

“This roadmap sets the stage for more jobs, better education, and supports our families,” Brownback said.

Holland said the state needs to fund education to what the budget allows with the state’s funding formula in place. He said the state should look at some local control issues for districts and also work on getting more dollars to the classroom.

“It’s not just about cutting taxes,” Holland said. “That in itself will not create job growth.”

He said the state should work on making sure students are prepared to enter the work force, including in sectors that can attract employers to the state.

“Sam talks the talk, but does he walk the walk?” Holland said. “What has he demonstrated in Washington to make lives better for people both across the nation and here in Kansas?”

Brownback has chosen state Sen. Jeff Colyer, of Overland Park, as his running mate. Holland’s running mate is state Sen. Kelly Kultala, of Kansas City, Kan.

10:30 update

Sam Brownback holds 82 percent of votes, with a total 206,834. Heffington has 44,198 total votes.

10:05 update

Brownback 153,976, Heffington: 34,587. 1,472 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

9:48 update

Brownback holds 131,464 votes to Heffington's 29,848.

9:32 update

Brownback holds 114,983 votes over Heffington's 26,481 with 1008 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

8:57 update

With 415 of 3,316 precincts reporting: Brownback 69,655 (81%), Heffington 16,300 (19%)

8:42 update

Brownback holds 59,673 votes to Heffington's 14,162 as of 8:42 p.m.

8:17 update

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback has easily won the Republican nomination for Kansas governor, beating Joan Heffington with 26,763 votes to Heffinton's 5,850.

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Brownback is giving up a Senate seat he's held since 1997. A favorite of abortion opponents, he made a brief run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007 before dropping out.

Heffington, a former home builder and Boeing Co. purchasing agent, had been expected to get only a small percentage of the vote. She had promised to put every bill sent to her as governor through a biblical test before signing it.

The Democratic nominee for governor is state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City. He faced no primary opponent.

“I congratulate Senator Brownback on winning his primary election and I look forward to challenging him on his record of voting for billion dollar bailouts, record spending and deeper debt while Kansas families struggle to make ends meet,” said Holland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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danmartinez 3 years, 7 months ago

Wait minute, you do not have to vote for Brownback because he won the primary. Joan Heffington is a republican who turned independent after she lost the primary to Brownback. Joan Heffington is NOW a write in candidate. Just push the button write-in and write in Joan Heffington’s name in the box and click it again so your vote will be counted. Therefore, if you want an alternative between Brownback and Holland, there is Joan Heffington. See her weekly rebuttal on Brownback’s crazy ideas. You can see them on “You Tube”. She has a rebuttal on Brownback wind, energy, and aviation ideas. It is worth watching. In addition, Brownback likes to take Joan's ideas about the judicial system and call them his own. We cannot afford a candidate who cannot come up with a working plan for Kansas. We will ALL suffer with his crazy ideas.

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bobberboy 3 years, 8 months ago

Sam, please skip Lawrence on your trip for support through Kansas and then go home and shut up. Thanks.

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kernal 3 years, 8 months ago

What I can't believe is that Heffington got over 5,000 votes. That doesn't say much for Kansans level of intelligence or their knowledge of the candidates.

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Trouble is.......Sen. Sam is a political hypocrite just like everyone else. I think whoever did his facelift got it a little too tight. I am a conservative, and no, I won't be voting for Sen. Sam. He lost me a long time ago, and his chickens...t vote on the immagration copout was the last straw. I saw him on tv that day I just wished someone had given him a top hat and cane to go with that lyers' two step he was doing.
I will be voting for the Dem for Governor.

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Teri Griffin-Guntert 3 years, 8 months ago

The crime is in the White House and this candidate will hopefully give Kansans the opportunity to vote to protect us from the O Health Care Bill as Missouri did to protect many from the crime of the Wahington over reachers.

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gatekeeper 3 years, 8 months ago

All anyone needs to know about this idiot is that he believes the earth is 6000 years old and man and dinosaurs coexisted happily together until the flood. And knowing that, morons will still vote for him. How can you trust anything to person that believes this:

http://creationmuseum.org/whats-here/photo-preview/

When I was little I watched the Flintstones. I thought it was a funny cartoon. Brownback thought it was a science lesson.

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ljwanonymous 3 years, 8 months ago

Never underestimate the stupidity of Kansas voters.

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Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

Scott Roeder is certainly breathing a bit easier this morning.

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 8 months ago

THIS IS SO SAD. THIS GUY IS A KOOK. PLEASE VOTERS, SPARE OUR STATE THIS NOVEMBER.

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tsunami9320 3 years, 8 months ago

Brownback wins Republican nomination for Kansas governor


And thus wins the Kansas governor's office. Holland is going to have his butt handed to him on a platter in November.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 8 months ago

Weird... on my ballot Brownback was running unopposed. Heffington wasn't on my ballot as a choice.

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igby 3 years, 8 months ago

Anything can happen in Kansas. Remember, this is the state that elected Joan Finney, as Gov back in the 80's.

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amesn 3 years, 8 months ago

I figured this would be the outcome..God help us all if he actually gets voted in as gov...not only do I not agree with where he stands on pretty much EVERYTHING but about 14 years ago I met good ol Sam when I was in high school and he basicly gave me the creeps.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 8 months ago

"She had promised to put every bill sent to her as governor through a biblical test before signing it." ++++ Yikes. Good call Repubs.

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