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Kobach, Biggs nominated as Secretary of State candidates

Kris Kobach claims victory in the Republican primary for Kansas Secretary of State in Topeka in this file photo. Kobach said he wants to see an end to birthright citizenship.

Kris Kobach claims victory in the Republican primary for Kansas Secretary of State in Topeka in this file photo. Kobach said he wants to see an end to birthright citizenship.

August 3, 2010, 7:36 p.m. Updated August 3, 2010, 10:59 p.m.

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Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach greets supporters at an election watch party Tuesday.

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach greets supporters at an election watch party Tuesday.

— Kris Kobach on Tuesday rode a national furor over illegal immigration to victory in the Republican Party primary for secretary of state. He will face incumbent Secretary of State Chris Biggs, who fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary.

See a detailed precinct by precinct breakdown of election results for both the Democratic and Republican races.

Kobach, who helped write the controversial Arizona law that has sparked numerous protests, defeated J.R. Claeys, a Salina consultant, and longtime Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley, who had the backing of many establishment Republican politicians.

In late returns Kobach had both statewide and in Douglas County more than half of the GOP vote, while Ensley and Claeys split the rest.

Kobach, a constitutional law professor and former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, has gained notoriety for championing anti illegal immigration laws and lawsuits in various states.

He says if elected, he will work 40 to 50 hours a week as secretary of state, and then on his own time continue legal battles over immigration.

He said he will push for laws that would require Kansans to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote, and proving U.S. citizenship before registering to vote. He said both proposals are needed to stop election fraud, which he described as a big problem in Kansas.

“Ultimately, this is about election fraud,” he said.“Regardless of what your political point of view is ... people want security and assurance that the election result was a valid result, and that nobody stole the election.”

In the Democratic primary, Biggs was defeating state Sen. Chris Steineger of Kansas City, 60 percent to 40 percent statewide and in Douglas County.

"My entire professional career has been dedicated to public service, and as Secretary of State, I am committed to protecting consumers, ensuring fair, open, and secure elections, and improving the efficiency and accessibility of the office,” Biggs said.

He said he looked forward to debating the “issues pertinent to the office.” Biggs has said that while voter fraud has occurred in isolated instances, it is not a widespread problem in Kansas.

Biggs was appointed secretary of state in March by Gov. Mark Parkinson to replace Ron Thornburgh, a Republican who left to take a job in the private sector.

Steineger, a legislator for the past 13 years, jumped into the race touting his independent streak. But several Democratic leaders said he was more like a loose cannon, supporting anti-tax groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and that he was weakened politically by a recent $5,000 fine for a campaign finance violation.

Prior to his appointment, Biggs had served as Kansas securities commissioner for seven years and before that was Geary County prosecutor.

Also on the Nov. 2 ballot will be Libertarian Phillip Horatio Lucas and the Reform Party’s Derek Langseth.

10:50 p.m. update

Chris Biggs owns 40,693 total votes as of 10:50 p.m., still good for 60 percent.

Kris Kobach now has 132,669 votes, which is 53 percent.

10:30 p.m. update

Chris Biggs (D) has been nominated as candidate for Secretary of State. He was announced the winner over Chris Steineger with 60 percent of votes and 2,113 of 3,316 precincts reporting as of 10:30 p.m.

10:17 p.m. update

Kris Kobach, GOP, has been nominated as the Secretary of State candidate with 54 percent of the vote and 1,998 of 3,316 precincts reporting. His Democratic opponent has yet to be determined, however Chris Biggs leads Chris Steineger, 37,365-25,257, which is 60 percent of votes.

10:02 p.m. update

Biggs owns 62 percent of votes over Steineger with 1,461 of 3,316 of precincts reporting.

Kobach maintains 49 percent of votes over her competitors.

9:49 p.m. update

Biggs holds 28,117 votes over Steineger's 17,436 as of 9:50 p.m. with 1,259 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

Kobach has 76,046 votes for 49 percent of the vote. Ensley has 44,159 votes and Claeys 35,456.

9:27 p.m. update

Biggs has 23,388 votes, good for 61 percent over Steineger's 14,943.

Kobach has 65,595 votes for 51 percent over Ensley's 35,966 (28%) and Claeys' 27,070 (21%).

9:09 p.m. update

Biggs (16,490) maintains lead over Steineger (10,684) with 61 percent of votes with 489 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

Kobach (46,502) continues to lead Republicans with 52 percent of votes. Ensley (30,413) has 29 percent and Claeys (18,905) 19 percent.

8:56 p.m. update

Biggs increases lead on Steineger with 62 percent of the vote and 415 of 3,316 precincts reporting.

8:37 p.m. update

Biggs continues to lead Steineger, 8,543-5,378, with 183 of 3,316 precincts. That's good for 61 percent of the vote.

Kobach has 24,750 votes, or 52 percent of the vote, leading Ensley (15,560) and Claeys (7,320).

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8:25 p.m. update

Biggs holds 57 percent of the vote with 126 of 3,316 precincts reporting. He leads Steineger 5,553-4,151.

8:18 p.m. update

Biggs increases lead on Steineger, 4,581-3,659.

Kris Kobach continues to lead Ensley and Claeys with 18,028 votes. Ensley has 10,692 and Claeys 3,616 .

8:11 p.m. update

Biggs maintains his lead over Steineger, 4,475-3,606.

7:34 p.m. update

Early numbers show Chris Biggs with a lead on Chris Steineger. Biggs currently has 69.4 percent of the vote.

Kris Kobach is leading candidates Elizabeth Ensley and J.R. Claeys. Kobach has 49.2 percent to Ensley's 42.5 percent and Claeys' 8.4 percent.

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Comments

Steve Jacob 3 years, 8 months ago

Disappointed about Kobach, but I remember 2004. He won a primary for Congress in 2004, did not even try to appeal to moderates, and Dennis Moore had his first easy win after three close elections. I am guessing money will flow to both candidates,

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Jawvohl: Sieg Heil Herr Kobach. When do the long knives, glass breaking and book burnings begin!

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 8 months ago

"overthemoon (anonymous) says… Hmmm. Two pictures of Kobach. None of Biggs. So, is there some editorial comment being made here?"

There's that darn "liberal media" at it again!

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madhatter 3 years, 8 months ago

Does this mean that Kobach promises to investigate the off shore tax shelters of Koch Industries via The Secretary of State requiring businesses to register where their income is received, namely in Wichita?

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overthemoon 3 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm. Two pictures of Kobach. None of Biggs. So, is there some editorial comment being made here?

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newmedia 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm still awaiting the story about the overwhelming passage of Proposition C in Missouri yesterday. Guess I just missed it. Too bad the Kansas folks can't get a chance to make their wishes known on this program. Nice job Missouri !

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal

Here is an example of why hiring illegal aliens is not economically productive for the State of California ...

You have 2 families..."Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have 2 parents, 2 children and live in California. "Joe Legal" works in construction, has a Social Security Number, and makes $25.00 per hour with payroll taxes deducted...."Jose Illegal" also works in construction, has "NO" Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table".

Joe Legal...$25.00 per hour x 40 hours $1000.00 per week, $52,000 per year.

Now take 30% away for state federal tax, Joe Legal now has $31,231.00

Jose Illegal...$15.00 per hour x 40 hours $600.00 per week, $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes... Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00

Joe Legal pays Medical and Dental Insurance with limited coverage $1000.00 per month, $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $19,231.00

Jose Illegal has full Medical and Dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

Joe Legal makes too much money is not eligible for Food Stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays for food $1,000.00 per month, $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for Food Stamps and Welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,000.00 per month. $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal is now in the hole minus (-) $4,769.00

Jose Illegal receives a $500 per month Federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays rent. $500.00 per month. $6,000.00 per year Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches while Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal's children go home.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same Police and Fire Services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Don't vote/support any politician that supports illegal aliens...Its PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans!

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=47660

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penguin 3 years, 8 months ago

Well a good comparison for Kobach is Phill Kline. Hopefully, Biggs decides to really campaign this time around...unlike when he lost the AG race to Kline.

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Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

Normally, you'd have to assume that the Republican will win the general election.

Of course: (A) normally, the Democrat doesn't have a track record of broad popularity among voters, (B) normally, the Republican isn't a poster-child for GOP embarrassment

Still, these same things were true in 2002, and Phill Kline managed to squeak by on a recount.

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Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

"He says if elected, he will work 40 to 50 hours a week as secretary of state..."

My guess is the job doesn't require that much time in a month.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 8 months ago

Considering that Republicans win for the most part in Kansas, I can't see that voter fraud, what little there is, is having a large impact. Unless those Republicans are committing voter fraud to win in such large numbers. Hmmm. Maybe Kansas voters aren't just automatically marking the R box. Maybe there has been a lot of voter fraud. Maybe we are a blue state, and our votes are being stolen.

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 8 months ago

KOBACH HAS BEEN A LOSER BEFORE, MAYBE HE CAN BE AGAIN.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 8 months ago

"RATM (anonymous) says… WHen there is no system to catch it you wont find any."

Yes, there is a system to locate and prosecute those who break the existing election and voter registration statutes. The criminal justice system.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

"Kobach, a constitutional law professor..."

WOW! Just like The Anointed One.

Ok, seriously, Kobach is better equipped to be president than The Anointed One.

Here, read this.....and I'll post it throughout the day, to make sure everyone has the opportunity to read it. It's 'A Stranger in Our Midst', by Robert Weissberg--also a professor--wow! a conservative professor??.....must be a hack and a shill for the Republican party, huh guys and gals?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/a_stranger_in_our_midst.html

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RATM 3 years, 8 months ago

WHen there is no system to catch it you wont find any.

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BigAl 3 years, 8 months ago

Considering all the "voter fraud" that Kobach talks about, I am surprised that he got elected.

Has there even been one documented case of voter fraud in Kansas?

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Phillbert 3 years, 8 months ago

Kansans have been down this road before with Phill Kline, who seemed to be interested in doing everything but the job he was elected to do. Hopefully Biggs can win this one.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

"He says if elected, he will work 40 to 50 hours a week as secretary of state, and then on his own time continue legal battles over immigration."

Is he going to punch a clock? How does he decide to whether to work 40 hours in one given week rather than 50? At $300 an hour, the difference between the two is $3000. That's a pretty big incentive to only work 40 as Sec. of State, although I think we'd all be better off if he never even shows up at that office.

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myvotecounts 3 years, 8 months ago

Real disappointed that Republicans picked a politician over the one person most qualified to do the job. I'm going to have to cross over and go with Biggs now.

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nugget 3 years, 8 months ago

Kansans will have an interesting choice. Biggs - a career public servant with an impeccable resume and reputation--no on-the-job training needed, feet on the ground in reality about voter fraud. Or they can go down the path of someone where controversy and scandals follow, someone preoccupied with an issue that is also lining his pockets with out-of-state money in Kobach. We already have enough money flowing into the coffers of our governor-to-be Brownback from Texas. You'd think Kansans would want some independence, but the truth is, most of the state simply walks in and fills in the oval next to "R."

What's the matter with Kansas? Kris Kobach might be the next answer.

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olddognewtrix 3 years, 8 months ago

Kobach is Kansas's newest demagogue, rivaling the fanaticismof Vern Miller of the past

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appleaday 3 years, 8 months ago

What is the evidence that voter fraud is a "big problem" in Kansas?

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