Archive for Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Yoder defeats Moore for U.S. House, 3rd District

November 2, 2010, 8:07 p.m. Updated November 3, 2010, 12:05 a.m.


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2010 Kansas Elections: U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District

Kevin Yoder, Stephene Moore and Jasmin Talbert are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District.

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Kevin Yoder’s victory Tuesday night in the state’s 3rd Congressional District helped Republicans nationally win back control of the House and ensure a GOP sweep of the state’s delegation in Washington.

“People certainly are tired of great spending and bigger government in Washington,” Yoder said Tuesday night. “They want somebody who will work to reduce the size of the federal government and someone who will work to find free market and enterprise solutions, not big government solutions.”

Yoder defeated retiring Rep. Dennis Moore’s wife, Stephene Moore. Yoder rode a huge wave of support in Republican-rich Johnson County on Tuesday. Overall, he received nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Moore, a nurse from Lenexa, managed to gain an advantage in Democratic-controlled Douglas and Wyandotte counties, but she was unable to overcome Yoder’s lead in Johnson County.

In Douglas County, Moore captured 10,017 votes compared with 5,878 for Yoder and 614 for Libertarian Jasmin Talbert.

But Yoder, an Overland Park attorney and state legislator, dominated in Johnson County by nearly 52,000 votes.

During the campaign, Yoder stressed lower taxes and less government regulation. He frequently mentioned Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name in the same sentence with Stephene Moore during debates.

“I think it was a big night for the Republican Party,” Yoder said. “A lot of voters came home who may not have voted Republican over the last few years.”

But Moore tried to paint herself as a moderate candidate and Yoder as a political opportunist. She often criticized the budget Yoder proposed — but eventually didn’t pass — in the Kansas House last session, saying it slashed education funding but opened the door for local property tax increases.

“We’re disappointed by the results, but we’re going to continue to work hard for moderate solutions,” Moore’s campaign spokesman Trevor Willett said in a phone interview Tuesday night.

10:05 p.m. update

The Associated Press is reporting Kevin Yoder has defeated Stephene Moore as Republicans retake Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

9:24 p.m. update

Kevin Yoder has increased his lead in the race for the U.S. House third district, now claiming 69 percent of the reported votes. Moore trails with 29.1 percent and Talbert has 1.9 percent of the votes.

8:48 p.m. update

Kevin Yoder maintains a commanding lead over Stephene Moore in the race for the U.S. House third district. Yoder owns 63.9 percent of the votes to Moore's 33.9 percent and Jasmin Talbert trails both with 2.2 percent.

8:06 p.m. update

Kevin Yoder has a strong lead over Stephene Moore with only one precinct reporting. Yoder leads Moore 65.3 percent to 32.6 percent, with Jasmin Talbert taking 2.1 percent.


Kaw Pickinton 7 years, 4 months ago

Can Kansas libs be the new Tea party as we now have taxation without representation?

mr_right_wing 7 years, 4 months ago

All that money waisted on those almost daily mailings....

Yoder is gonna steal your kid's lunch money... Yoder hasn't helped any old ladies across the street lately... Yoder is going to come into your yard and kick your dog... Yoder regularly runs red lights... Yoder doesn't always say thank you...

madameX 7 years, 4 months ago

"Wasted", not "waisted"

And the same can be said of pretty much any money spent on any campaign ever. They're all like that. What about all the republican "Grrrr, Obama-Pelosi-Reid, Illegal immigrants are going to come and eat your babies if you vote for this person!" commercials?

laughingatallofu 7 years, 4 months ago

Best wishes, Mr. Yoder. I hope that you continue to pass sobriety tests in Washington, DC.

Mike Ford 7 years, 4 months ago

congrats, you political chameleon, you've already got the hair to compete with bryllocreme Brownback. Anger's not substance, and when the short attention span voters in this dumb state realize that the House of Representatives can propose bills all day and the senate tables them and you all run into the veto power that Bush used in wars and tax cuts, these blind directionless people can redirect their anger at your partie's inability to work across isles. Compromise works both ways. The dumblicans were not good sports after they lost two years ago. Furthermore, now that you've left the litterbox for the sandbox politically people will again hold your party accountable in 2012 as they did in 2008.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 4 months ago

Just what we need in COngress, another AA candidate to represent the people of the district!

Flap Doodle 7 years, 4 months ago

When you get tired of lamenting, libs, go make me a sammich.

MyName 7 years, 4 months ago

If the biggest complaint you have about a representative is that they didn't do much, that's a big win in my book.

madameX 7 years, 4 months ago

I would think that a bigger portion of the blame for that should be shouldered by whoever though death threats were a good way to express their concerns about the healthcare bill.

Danimal 7 years, 4 months ago

I've gotta say, I was a big fan of Dennis Moore's and he heartily supported a lot of veterans initiatives. However, a few years ago we were in DC lobbying for the new GI Bill and were supposed to meet with him when he switched positions. Instead of meeting with him we met with a staffer while he was in his office making calls to derail the post-9/11 GI Bill. Ultimately it still passed, but Moore and his Blue Dogs were able to hold it up for months. As a result hundreds of thousands of veterans were denied their education benefits and at least dozens (if not hundreds) that I know of ended up homeless. No more Moores.

That being said, Kevin Yoder is a snake and a political operative of the worst kind. My only hope for him is that he's an adept enough politician to keep the best interest of his constituents close to his heart. I think he's so shrewd that that won't be a problem.

douglas6280 7 years, 4 months ago

One last time, Stephene Moore ha ha ha!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

Interestingly, it was the Blue Dog (that is, moderate and conservative Democrats) who took the biggest thumping. So overall, the Democrats actually moved to the left. Now we'll just see if the Republicans who take over the Democratic seats are as beholden to special (ie, corporate) interests as those they replace, and if they at all typical Republicans, they will be.

One of the most interesting races is in Wisconsin, where the Republican Johnson, who got teaparty support, is really just a typical big business Republican, and he may beat (has it been called yet?) Russ Feingold, whose record over the years is much closer to what teapartiers say they want than what Johnson would bring.

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