Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Douglas County voters buck statewide trends in 2010 general election

November 3, 2010, 4:39 p.m. Updated November 4, 2010, 8:09 a.m.


Follow the links throughout this story to look at detailed, precinct-level breakdowns of how Lawrence and Douglas County voters responded to the questions of this election, and then compare that to the statewide totals, all as part of's comprehensive election coverage.

Long known as a Democratic blue island in the Republican red sea of Kansas, Douglas County voters generally stayed true blue and backed Democrats in Tuesday’s election.

The election, however, turned into a historically good one for Republicans. Here’s a quick look at how Douglas County voted, compared with the rest of Kansas:

• Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Johnston won only two of 105 Kansas counties -- Douglas and Wyandotte. Republican Jerry Moran, a U.S. House member, scooped up the rest and is headed back to Washington, D.C., with a promotion.

• Same for Democrat Tom Holland, who lost to Republican Sam Brownback in the governor’s race. Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, won Douglas County — 60 percent to 37 percent — but lost statewide 32 percent to 63 percent.

• Democratic Attorney General Steve Six, who lives in Lawrence, won Douglas, Wyandotte, Shawnee and Pawnee counties. But Republican Derek Schmidt painted the rest of Kansas red to unseat Six. Six won Douglas County with a whopping 69 percent, but lost statewide 42 percent to 55 percent.

• Democratic Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a former Geary County prosecutor, won Douglas, Wyandotte, Geary and Riley counties, but Republican Kris Kobach swept the rest. Biggs topped Kobach 58 percent to 39 percent in Douglas County, but Kobach reversed those numbers statewide, winning 59 percent to 37 percent.

• In the State Treasurer’s race Democratic incumbent Dennis McKinney won Douglas, Wyandotte, Shawnee and Crawford counties, and a handful of counties in southwestern Kansas that he used to represent as a legislator. But Republican Ron Estes took vote-rich Johnson and Sedgwick counties in addition to rounding up the remaining counties to win.

• In congressional races, eastern Douglas County gave Democrat Stephene Moore a big edge over Republican Kevin Yoder, 61 percent to 38 percent, but Yoder won huge in the rest of the district to win 59 percent to 36 percent.

• In western Douglas County, Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins edged Democrat Cheryl Hudspeth 49 percent to 47 percent and then went on to a landslide for the full district, 63 percent to 32 percent.

• On the constitutional amendments, Douglas County, like the rest of the state, supported the changes.

On an individual’s right to own guns, Douglas County supported the measure with 74 percent, while it passed statewide with 89 percent.

The amendment that removed a provision from the Constitution that would have allowed the Legislature to deny voting rights from those with mental illness passed statewide with 62 percent of the vote, while 68 percent of Douglas County voters supported the measure.


Practicality 7 years, 7 months ago

Just another example of how Lawrence is "out of touch" with the rest of Kansas. Interesting isn't it?

Kirk Larson 7 years, 7 months ago

You mean how Lawrence is "ahead of the curve" over the rest of Kansas. Just wait a few years.

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes it is strange that the most educated county in Kansas votes differently than the least educated areas of the state. I'm sure the masses are right and the educated elites are wrong.

devobrun 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes WHY, when education is synonymous with indoctrination, the outcome is predictable. We are as "ahead of the curve" as are the other great intelligence centers of the world, NY, SF, D.C. etc.

They just lost power. Because their novelty is 50 years old, or more. You know, at some point all new ideas become old. All progressive thoughts and actions become the establishment. Nancy Pelosi is 70 years old. She's friggin' ancient. And so are her ideas.

Deal with it.

devobrun 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh BTW, what is a liberal conservative? It is a person who believes in liberal thought and action. A person who backs off racial, ethnic, sexual and ideological imperatives and insists on freedom.

A person who is tired of "new" and "different" because they have been burned too many times by the concept of "it works for me, therefore it is the truth".

Live and let live. Let me eat cancer-causing things....I'm 75 years old. I'll die from cancer in the next 15 years anyway.

I could go one at every age level and at every economic level.

At what point does the democrat party wake up to their "new age puritanism"?

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't care if you eat cancer causing things because you don't value your life. I care about corporations making millions while tricking people into thinking the crap they sell is good for you.

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

Education is the opposite of indoctrination. Indoctrination happens to religious people who accept things as true because they do not know enough to challenge the bad idea. Educated people know how to challenge ideas and push boundaries forward. Dumb people are scared of change so they cling to their bibles and guns and panic rather than do the right thing. This behavior can be seen in sheep as well.

Mr_B9 7 years, 7 months ago

Practicality, you could not have said it any better. Maybe the majority of Douglas County will start voting with logic instead of voting by emotion. Thank god for the "rest of Kansas".

Melinda Black 7 years, 7 months ago

Irrational fear constitutes as an emotion. Given that, I'd say it was the conservatives who voted based on emotion.

Armen Kurdian 7 years, 7 months ago

Incorrect statement. The stark reality of the fiscal disaster our government is in is what galvanized voters to reject Democrats this year. Now Republicans must learn what the Democrats did not; you cannot ramrod your ideology down the American throat, regardless of what we think.

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

You know, most of the country supported what you perceive as 'ideology' and the well-informed recognized as critical emergency measures that have nothing to do with Party Ideology. It is the Republicans that run on fear, baseless emotional appeals, and false pretenses of giving a d**n about middle class America. You think you had something rammed down your throat? Just wait for the thrills of Republican ramming in other regions and the resulting full fledged depression. You're gonna love it.

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

And a completely manufactured narrative of fear and misinformation. The Americans who voted for republicans did so against their own best interest and at the peril of the entire country. Way to go, FOX. You did it. Handed the country to the hugely secretive and ambitious 1% of the population who want to make more shiny pennies.

Jim Phillips 7 years, 7 months ago


As long as the "Temple of the Democrat" exists on Mt. Oread, Lawrence, therefore Douglas County, will not vote Conservative.

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

"Douglas County voters buck statewide trends in 2010 general election "

No kiddin'.

I'm shocked.

What, there was nobody available to cover the "Sky is Blue" story to fill up the blank spot in the paper?

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

And incidentally, please do not lump the rest of us in Douglas County in with the loons in Lawrence.

Jim Phillips 7 years, 7 months ago

My intent was not to lump the Conservative base in Douglas County with the Lawrence Left.

Shane Powers 7 years, 7 months ago

Yeah we get it. Notajayhawk=not from Lawrence. Obviously we're not too "loony" for you to spend ALL your time reading our news and commenting feverishly. Doesn't your "town hollerer" have a website where you could post anti-lawrence nonsense?

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, no, that's not actually what my screen name means, but thanks for playing. Ed, tell what lovely parting gifts we have ...

This is your news, shanep? Wow. I didn't realize news was proprietary. Good to know. Iguess that explains a lot.

Shane Powers 7 years, 7 months ago

of course news is proprietary, to some extent. that's why it's called the "Lawrence Journal World", not "News." If news weren't proprietary we would all get it from a single source, but we choose to read the news that is (mostly) proprietary to our geographic location.

justoneperson 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure where "voting with logic" is equal to electing Sam Brownback...or Kris Kobach....

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

"Douglas County voters buck statewide trends in 2010 general election "

Okay, award-winning LJW editors, I take issue with your rather misleading headline. Looking at your interactive maps, it would appear that outside the city limits of Lawrence, the rest is pretty solidly red. As I mentioned above, don't falsely report that the rest of us in the county share the views of those in Larryville.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

The current state of affairs was created by the folks that the majority have elected over the years. And it doesn't take a genius to know that doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results, is going to fix anything.

KS 7 years, 7 months ago

LJW must need to print some type of story. This is no surprise.

SeaFox 7 years, 7 months ago

On the flipside, since Lawrence voters have zero impact on state politics, when things go down the drain no one can blame Lawrence residents, since we vote for the opposite candidates who are elected and cause the issues.

Dan Eyler 7 years, 7 months ago

Can you believe how stupid all these people are across Kansas. They actually voted in all of these republicans and now what. Kansans are so stupid to vote for all of these republicans. I can't believe they don't realize all of the good being done by Obama and the democrats. Now all we have to look forward to are spending cuts, pro-life legislation, putting an end to KAPRS, getting a grip on the educational spending, reducing government jobs and creating a pro business environment in the state that creates private sector jobs, and on and on. What a drag. But for me I couldn't be happier. But I understand how Lawrence can feel the way they do and I will watch as Lawrence falls further and further into a third world city. Lawrence should consider a couple new sister cities from countries like Haiti and Greece and they can share each others misery.

cayenne1992 7 years, 7 months ago

"I will watch as Lawrence falls further and further into a third world city"

You're right. I mean, Lawrence is so much worse off than the rest of the state. If we could only be more like Hutch, Dodge, Salina, Garden, Topeka, Wichita, we'd be soooooo much better off.

Don Whiteley 7 years, 7 months ago

What do you expect from a group of voters who in a time of recession approved $18 million for a parking garage for the public library? Does this tell you that liberals are out of touch with reality?

Brady Swenson 7 years, 7 months ago

I am proud to live in a city with citizens who value education and quality public services like a strong parks and recreation department and improved public library, a city that values community and lives and votes with these values.

I typically vote for candidates who stand for "liberal" ideas but I think it is important to note that I appreciate and respect "conservative" ideas as well. I think it is important to balance the interests of the community and individuals against the interests of business and corporations. A healthy government should consist of representatives seeking to protect civil rights, the middle class and small businesses when corporations seek to abuse those basic rights as well as representatives who work to ensure that the economic market is healthy and fair for private businesses.

The reason I typically vote Democrat is that I feel that the balance of power has titled too far toward the wealthy and their global corporations. The wage gap has been expanding for decades and the middle class that was built on FDR's social policies and the economic boom of WWII is thus shrinking. What surprises me is that so many low and middle income Americans in "red states" such as Kansas keep voting for Republicans who continually vote in favor of the rich and powerful corporations. The Bush tax cuts were focused on the top 2% of wage earners and Obama and the Democrats simply want to let those cuts expire in favor to fund more tax cuts for lower and middle income families.

paq 7 years, 7 months ago

Do you really believe the democrat care more for the middle class? The middle class is just a tool both sides use for political porposes.

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

"The Bush tax cuts were focused on the top 2% of wage earners and Obama and the Democrats simply want to let those cuts expire in favor to fund more tax cuts for lower and middle income families."

Does your the value you place on education include history?

The Bush tax cuts gave three times as much to the lower and middle income groups as they did to the wealthy. And that's without even taking into account any secondary gains. (E.g., after the capital gains tax rate was reduced, capital gains tax receipts more than doubled, and corporate tax receipts increased as well.) Bush gave a lot more to the lower and middle income groups than Obama has. I realize it's a common liberal mindset to believe that Republicans only give breaks to the wealthy, but at least try to get your facts straight.

ralphralph 7 years, 7 months ago

Johnson County, which voted Republican, obviously is a cradle of ignorance and poverty.

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

No ralph, it is a cradle of spoiled dumb rich kids. Ignorance and money. You see the following combinations usually vote republican: poor and religious, rich and stupid, smart and religious, poor and stupid, stupid and stupid.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 7 months ago

Another reminder that Lawrence is an island of hope amidst a sea of despair.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 7 months ago

It is all very plain and simple to me. The Republicans have tried for years to establish a religion based theocracy in government much like the Muslim Sharia law, to outlaw and imprison gays, to keep women in their "place" to stifle any sort of dissent, and other Islamic dogma. That reason alone will always keep me from ever supporting the Republican dogma and their left wing "Tea Party" sham. In short if Bitch Limbaugh is for it, I will be eternally against it. Period.

Sue McDaniel 7 years, 7 months ago

I used to be proud to be from Lawrence, can we separate KU (faculty and students) and the commuters (KC and Topeka) from the population and see how much change there is???

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 7 months ago

How much change there is from taking about all KU students, employees and commuters?...

Then it's not Lawrence anymore more but some backwater, po-dunk town that has a Wal-Mart, a gas station and a post office, that's it.

If you want a town like that, there are many to choose from.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes, it is time to bring Lawrence to its knees. Time for the real Kansans to ensure that the boil of intellectuals and moderates that is Lawrence be lanced and the pustulence drained from Kansas. Hutareeeeeee!

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

Sure let's just take the city that has the Medical School, the Law School, one of the two largest engineering schools (and the only one with an Aerospace program instead of an Ag program) and see how much better off the state is when it has to import doctors, lawyers, engineers and over half its scientists.

But hey, clearly "Red vs. Blue" is the most important thing to think about.

Brian Laird 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the KU medical school is in Kansas City, not Lawrence.

tecuani 7 years, 7 months ago

I think one race puts the whole Lawrence vs the rest of Kansas in perspective. And it is the Six vs. Schmidt race.

Schmidt ran solely on the "Six didn't fight to exclude Kansas from Obamacare." He put it out there and the conservatives bought it, and by buying into it, proved they lack the ability to vote logically.

A lawsuit against Obamacare would have been an exercise in futility. States cannot, by law, exclude themselves from a federal amendment. Look up nullification and/or interposition.

It is one thing for the voters to be fooled by an election advertisement, its another thing for someone who seeks the office of "top cop" to criticize someone for NOT doing something that is illegal.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

All true, but the other issue is the simple fact that nobody voted for Six: he was appointed when the elected AG resigned. I think he did a good job, but it's an uphill battle when the voters never got the chance to look at a candidate the first time around. The Sec. of State nonsense bothers me more because the Republican choice seemed like almost a carbon copy of Phill Kline. Maybe this guy will learn to turn down the theatrics and just do his job.

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

Maybe your version of his job differs from other peoples' version of his job

firebird27 7 years, 7 months ago

The voting outcomes in the recent elections demonstrates that the state of Kansas is on the cutting edge. Unfortunately, it is the back cutting edge.

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

We need a renters tax - that will constrain all the desires to tax other people to push a progressive agenda! It is sure a joy to spend OPM (other people's money).

We should also have a progressive fund. Those who want to pay more can. The rest of us should see relatively stable property taxes (and fees) for a few years afer an eight year binge where those taxes increased by over 40%

Brian Laird 7 years, 7 months ago

Only if you also eliminate the tax deductions that property owners get on their own residences and investment properties.

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

Sure. If you mean taxing taxes and interest for everybody. Mega- corporations, all size businesses and most consumers don't get taxed on their taxes or interest.

jafs 7 years, 7 months ago

First, you need to prove that it is in fact this large "renter" group that is voting in a significant way.

And, that those renting are not paying enough of a pass-through from the landlord.

How did your taxes go up by over 40%??

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