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GOP seeks first clean sweep of Kansas state, congressional races since 1964

November 2, 2010


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— Kansas Republicans hoped voters in Tuesday's election would give the GOP its first clean sweep of statewide and congressional races since the Beatles were charting their early hits.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback headed the Republican ticket as the party's nominees for U.S. Senate and governor. Both were expected to win, and the GOP also hoped to capture all four of the state's U.S. House seats.

Republicans have been talking about a "clean sweep" for months, anticipating a surge of voter frustration in GOP-leaning Kansas with the economy, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Washington.

Jay Junghans, a 49-year-old Topeka police officer, said he's upset with "a government that doesn't seem to care about what people want." He cited federal spending and the new health care law as examples.

"I think people are upset," the Republican said after voting at the Woman's Club in west Topeka. "We need some different folks running the game."

The GOP hasn't won all statewide and congressional races since 1964. Ironically, that was the last time Kansas went for a Democratic presidential candidate, Lyndon Johnson.

Marcia Kelly, a 60-year-old Topeka real estate agent and traditionally a Republican, found the idea of Republicans running the table depressing and voted a straight Democratic ticket. She said she believes Democrats are trying to strengthen regulation of unethical businesses.

"They're trying to make their way," she said. "The Republicans are barring their way towards progress."

Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat, had predicted that fewer than 48 percent of the state's 1.7 million registered voters would cast ballots. But election officials said Tuesday that turnout appeared to be a little heavier.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale said turnout there appeared on track to hit 50 percent, and Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby said his county's turnout could be even higher.

"The reports we're getting, every place has been busy," Newby said between visits to polling sites. "It's a lot stronger than I expected."

Moran was expected to defeat Democrat and first-time candidate Lisa Johnston in the race for Brownback's seat. Brownback was favored to defeat Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland in the governor's race.

Democrats were nervous that the GOP tide might be strong enough to wash out their statewide incumbents, Biggs, Attorney General Steve Six and State Treasurer Dennis McKinney. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican, was unopposed.

Biggs' race was notable because his Republican opponent, Kris Kobach, is a law professor who's received national attention for helping Arizona write its new law on illegal immigration.

In U.S. House races, Republican state Sen. Tim Huelskamp was favored to win Moran's seat in the 1st District and GOP incumbent Lynn Jenkins was favored in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

The outcomes were less sure in the 3rd, centered on the Kansas City area, where incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore was retiring, and the 4th, in south-central Kansas, an open seat.

In the 3rd, Moore's wife, Stephene, faced GOP nominee and state Rep. Kevin Yoder. In the 4th, Republicans hoped a member of the GOP National Committee, businessman Mike Pompeo, would defeat Democratic state Rep. Raj Goyle.


notajayhawk 7 years ago

Hey, ShePrecedes:








just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Don't know. Did it get you to vote? That should provide the answer.

llama726 7 years ago

You can't be serious. Do you even know who Dolph is, or have you read the paper's endorsements? Left wing journal - clearly you haven't spent 20 seconds in the opinion section riddled with Cal Thomas and Charles Krauthammer...

Mary Darst 7 years ago

May I say.."you took the words right out of my mouth".

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

"Jay Junghans, a 49-year-old Topeka police officer, said he's upset with "a government that doesn't seem to care about what people want." He cited federal spending and the new health care law as examples."

Yes, all of that nasty spending on things like the police and fire department and military.

HoosierPride 7 years ago

People in this state are really ignorant. You've handed your votes over to the Republicans as often as possible and they've never done a thing for you. This state has little to no green energy and almost no job growth, ever! It must be nice to be this naive about politics.

Good work everyone, good work.

ksbison 7 years ago

In case you hadn't noticed, the Dems have been in charge in Kansas for the last eight years. Green energy is a scam, and the lack of job growth is probably due to the bloated budgets and high taxes that are plaguing the state. I'm looking forward to Governor Brownback and his team getting things turned around.

jafs 7 years ago

How have the Dems been in charge of KS? As far as I know, we've had a Republican dominated legislature for a very long time.

jafs 7 years ago


And the Republicans have controlled the legislature.

Hardly the Dems in charge of Kansas.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

HoosierPride (anonymous) says…

"People in this state are really ignorant."

What state are you referring to - Hoosier?

(BTW, Looks like the Republicans picked up a Senate seat and at least two House seats in Indiana tonight.)

xclusive85 7 years ago

see, this is the attitude that allows for failure. I don't like you so I hope you fail and make my life harder so that I can get someone with a different political affiliation in office. Does that make any sense to you? Why don't you hope that they succeed and things get better? Same goes for the conservatives that hope for failure from the democrats!

fu7il3 7 years ago

Part of the reason Democrats are in danger in this election is because they have failed to do anything with control of Congress and the Presidency. Both parties have been worthless. The entire system needs to change.

HoosierPride 7 years ago

I agree they both suck. But the fact that 70% of this state votes a straight Republican ticket is beyond baffling.

fu7il3 7 years ago

Are you assuming that all Republicans are Tea Party or base their affiliation solely on religion? That might be a mistake.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

"But the fact that 70% of this state votes a straight Republican ticket is beyond baffling. "

Typical elitist liberal-without-a-clue. 'If you don't vote the way I do, then you must not be smart enough.' And yet here you are, baffled.

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

And that would help the country how?

jafs 7 years ago

A culture that holds politicians accountable for their misdeeds stands a better chance of preventing future misdeeds.

kernal 7 years ago

Like Palin cost the GOP the last Presidential election? Not really her fault, it's the fault of the idiots who picked her as McCain's running mate - almost like sabotage from within. Or: lack of interest; lack of suitable candidates; lack of candidates with integrity; lack of sane candidates; lack of well educated candidates in economics, poly sci and foreign affairs; lack of ....

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

It will be fun watching the Republicans try to put a lib on tea party winners like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle if they win, I am sure O'Donnell will not.

Clark Coan 7 years ago

It won't be a clean sweep. Biggs is going to remain the Secretary of State.

georgeofwesternkansas 7 years ago

Big news on the Coal generation front...Parkinson dumped Bremby on his ass today, has given him until 3:00 to resign...Which means the Holcomb air permit will be issued.

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

I think Lawrence would try and secede from the state of Kansas.

There would be wailing, hand wringing and gnashing of teeth up and down Mass street.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

Not too many years anywhere else in Kansas, though.

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

"I think Lawrence would try and secede from the state of Kansas."

Confusing. Are you saying they would try and they would be successful, or do you mean they would attempt to secede?

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

A political science professor at KU would implant the idea in the young, fertile yet undiscerning minds of the students and from there it would be much like a virus. Eventually the National Guard might have to be sent in (hopefully not a Kent State repeat) but ultimately it would fail. There will be no "Independent Republic of Lawrence". But it would result in a new monument on the KU campus to immortalize the revolutionary event. Everyone involved (in the secede attempt) would become a town legend.

Other than that...I don't know...I haven't given it much thought (obviously......)

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

The slavering, feverish excitement of the tea baggers about this election is comical.

No matter what happens, Obama will retain the power of the veto and the ability to make stopgap spending and budget decisions. The GOP have also established a de facto 60 vote supermajority in the senate.

The GOP will use any power they gain to force a government shut down in the spring.

Eventually, they will be forced to contribute ideas and compromise on solutions or risk permanent political irrelevance.

Bummer man.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

"No matter what happens, Obama will retain the power of the veto and the ability to make stopgap spending and budget decisions."

Soooo, Obama now leads the "party of 'No'?"

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

Reality bites, teabaggers. Not as much fun as make-believe revolutions.

llama726 7 years ago

Is it really good to ever have one party completely in charge? For the same reason a lot of voters are ousting Democrats nationally, shouldn't Kansans be ousting Republicans on the state level?

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

.....of course, they've tried their hardest to discredit the tea party folks (of which I don't consider myself) even going as far as planting "racists" in gatherings for their liberal photo opportunities. They've failed.

Now all they can do is name-call.

It's kind of like when you were back in school and you could finally defend yourself from the big bully....he'd get frustrated and all he could say (as he stomped off) was "'re just a big dummy head!!"

ivalueamerica 7 years ago

After all, the GOP did such a great job for us under Bush...

Record economic loss, collapsed economy, 2 aimless wars, 1/3 of Americans without healthcare of any sort.

I worry for our country now more than ever. I love America and hate what the GOP will do when they misunderstand the public´s impatience for recovery as some sort of loony conservative mandate.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

"1/3 of Americans without healthcare of any sort."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Whew! Not that I needed a laugh tonight, but thanks.

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

Oh, with "THOSE PEOPLE" anything and everything can be blamed on Bush.

What? You expect them to be logical or practical about it?

These are liberals...the above two words don't exist to them!

(...and especially to "ivaluecommunistamerica")

notajayhawk 7 years ago

Wasn't it Bush that handed the apple to Eve in the Garden of Eden, or was that his father?

pace 7 years ago

"We need some different folks running the game."so the guy probably voted for the old saddlehorse of the old school republican party. Brownback.

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