Archive for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Moore to face Yoder in U.S. House, 3rd District, election

August 3, 2010, 10:16 p.m. Updated August 3, 2010, 11:51 p.m.


The two favorites in the state’s 3rd district U.S. House race successfully emerged from each primary Tuesday night.

See a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the Republican and Democratic races.

It sets up a Nov. 2 showdown between Democrat Stephene Moore — the wife of the retiring congressman Dennis Moore — and Republican Kevin Yoder, a state representative who ran an aggressive primary campaign.

Moore of Lenexa easily defeated Merriam resident Tom Scherer in her primary, earning more than 70 percent of the vote.

“I am not a career politician, but as a nurse, mother, grandmother and longtime resident of the area, I know the people of this district and what you expect in a representative in Congress,” she said.

In the nine-candidate GOP race, Yoder of Overland Park edged out former state Rep. Patricia Lightner of Olathe with more than 31,706 votes compared with Lightner’s 26,000.

“Voters are looking for new, fresh leadership. They’re looking for someone who can cut spending and balance budgets,” Yoder said. “And I think they’re looking for someone to change what’s happening in Washington, and I think we were able to convey our strength in those areas.”

The 3rd District includes most of eastern Lawrence and all of Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

The key for Yoder was beating Lightner 28,740 votes to 24,198 votes in Johnson County, and in Douglas County he won the most votes with more than 1,300 votes compared with Lightner’s 724.

Yoder, an attorney, was first elected to the Kansas House in 2003. Last session, as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, he was a main opponent of a state sales tax increase to prevent further education cuts. It eventually passed with support of moderate Republicans and Democrats.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee criticized Yoder Tuesday night, saying he supported tax increases in the past but was trying to paint himself as a conservative as a congressional candidate.

In response, Yoder said Stephene Moore’s support for plans like the cap-and-trade bill put her more in the camp of congressional incumbents.

“I don’t think voters believe the solutions that are coming out of Washington are fixing our problems. Our opponent will offer a very status quo approach,” he said.

Stephene Moore will try to continue her husband’s streak of defeating Republicans in the district. She stressed fiscal responsibility and a bipartisan attitude in her statement Tuesday night.

“In Congress, I will work with Democrats and Republicans to create jobs, balance the budget and continue to invest in education,” she said.

10:23 p.m. update

Yoder received 49.7 percent of the vote in Douglas County and 49 percent of the Lawrence vote. Patricia Lightner received 27.3 percent of the county vote and 26.5 percent of the Lawrence vote

View the precinct breakdown for this race.

10:13 p.m. update

Kevin Yoder has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House, 3rd District, according to the Associated Press.

9:52 p.m. update

All precincts are reporting in Douglas County and it looks like voters in Lawrence elected Stephene Moore to be the Democratic candidate for U.S. House, 3rd District, by a wide margin.

Moore received 87.7 percent of the county vote and 88.8 percent of the Lawrence vote. Scherer received 12.3 percent of the county vote and 11.2 percent of the Lawrence vote.

See the precinct breakdown for this race.

8:58 p.m. update

Yoder and Lightner continue to move forward on the GOP side of this race. Yoder has 48 percent of the vote with 59 precincts reporting. Lightner has 35 percent. The rest looks like this:

  • Gilyeat, 3 percent
  • Malone, 3 percent
  • McPherson, 3 percent
  • Uvodich, 3 percent
  • Klotz, 2 percent
  • Rysavy, 2 percent
  • King, 1 percent

8:41 p.m. update

Moore has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 3rd District. From the Associated Press:

Stephene Moore has won the Democratic primary in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, the first step toward replacing her husband in the U.S. House.

Moore defeated Thomas Scherer in Tuesday's voting.

The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore also drew nine Republicans to their party's primary.

Dennis Moore first won the seat in 1998. He announced last year he would retire at the end of his current term.

The 3rd Congressional District covers all of Johnson and Wyandotte counties and the eastern portion of Douglas County, including parts of Lawrence.

8:24 p.m. update

The crowded field of Republicans running for the 3rd District GOP nomination, two candidates are emerging with significant chunks of votes.

Kevin Yoder Leads Patricia Lightner, 48 to 35 percent, with 21 of 599 precincts reporting. The rest of the candidates, Dan Gilyeat, Dave King, Garry Klotz, Jerry Malone, Craig McPherson, John Rysavy and Jean Ann Uvodich all have single digit percentages.

8:18 p.m. update

Now with 21 of 599 precincts reporting, Moore is increasing her lead. She's up 82 percent to 19 percent on Sherer.

8:15 p.m. update

With two of 599 precincts reporting, Stephene Moore is leading Thomas Scherer in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District. Moore has 81 percent of the vote to Scherer's 19 percent.


Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder has certainly changed his tune as the full price of his ambition has become apparent to him. But then, who thought most politicians had souls?

"“Voters are looking for new, fresh leadership. They’re looking for someone who can cut spending and balance budgets,” Yoder said.

Anyone want to give odds that Yoder will detail the hundreds of billions of dollars of spending he proposes cutting? Maybe $250B from the elderly, $300B from the poor, $150B from the military? Wow, still several hundred billion more to go (assuming no further tax cuts, a/k/a, deficit bombs).

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 9 months ago

This will be a cakewalk for Stephene. The Republicans themselves have been exposing the chaos in Yoder's personal life and it's simply a matter of time before the facade comes crashing down and he's exposed as a sham, and a pretty scabby one at that.

Yoder, you better dredge up that collection of shots of you with various dogs, cats, kids, boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, armadillos, etc cause you're going to need them to get you through this election.

kansastruthteller 7 years, 9 months ago

Real simple for me.....Moore= more Pelosi and more Obama. No thanks, I take Yoder over Moore Obama.

RogueThrill 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, except that Yoder was a liberal right up until it stopped getting him elected to office (KU SB President). I went to High School with him and while not being a far left ultra liberal he was still very liberal for Kansas standards.

He's pretty much whatever people want him to be so he can get into office.

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 months ago

when the softball questions and the pandering to rural areas, churches and segregated enclaves of people ends and the general election starts these dumblican clowns will be exposed for who and what they are... shills pandering to anger with no real platform like a collapsing thunderstorm. good luck...

Mike Hatch 7 years, 9 months ago

Is that supposed to make any sense whatsoever? If it's like all of your other posts, I guess not.

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

Looking at the numbers right now, Yoder's 49% of the vote in the context of his vast advantage in funding and name recognition, does not bode well for the general election. I don't exactly see the pro-Yoder enthusiasm here (I mean, who are these elves on the ballot that collectively took 51% of the vote?).

Still, I've yet to see much from Moore that sets her to be more than the inheritor of a political dynasty.

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