Archive for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jenkins defeats Schlingensiepen in U.S. House race

November 6, 2012, 10:56 p.m. Updated November 7, 2012, 12:09 a.m.


Enjoying large advantages in money and voter registration, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Tuesday was winning a third term in Congress over political newcomer Tobias Schlingensiepen.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., watches results with Kansas house candidate Shanti Gandhi , left, at the Republican election watch party in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., watches results with Kansas house candidate Shanti Gandhi , left, at the Republican election watch party in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Jenkins held a 55 percent to 39 percent lead over Schlingensiepen, a Topeka minister, with almost all precincts counted. Libertarian Dennis Hawver, an attorney from Ozawkie, had 6 percent.

The new wrinkle thrown into the race was the order by three federal judges in June that placed all of Lawrence and Douglas County into the 2nd District. For the previous 10 years, Lawrence had been divided between the 2nd and Johnson County-based 3rd districts.

But even with Democratic-leaning Douglas County wholly in the 2nd, Jenkins enjoyed a nearly 10 percentage-point advantage in Republican registered voters in the district that includes most of eastern Kansas, stretching from the state's borders with Nebraska to Oklahoma.

In campaign finance, Jenkins reported having $1.4 million in cash on hand in the final month of the campaign, while Schlingensiepen's warchest was at $50,420.

During the race, Schlingensiepen said lobbyist wining and dining and special interest campaign contributions were corrupting Congress, and he said Jenkins was part of that problem.

He noted that she took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from banks, insurance and financial companies while voting against regulations of those interests that he said were aimed at safeguarding consumers.

But Jenkins, a former state legislator and state treasurer, said she voted against regulations that hurt small banks in the district.

She touted her record of voting against President Barack Obama's proposals, including a vote to repeal Obamacare.

“They believe government can solve our problems, while I believe that in many cases, government is the problem,” she said of Democrats.

On the issue of Medicare, Schlingensiepen said the proposed overhaul that Jenkins voted for would have increased the cost of health care by more than $6,000 per senior citizen, but Jenkins said the plan was necessary to keep Medicare from going bankrupt.

The two also disagreed on funding to Public Broadcasting. Schlingensiepen defended the relatively small amount of government dollars, while Jenkins said she would pull the plug.

Jenkins said after the election she believed Congress would work on an overhaul of the tax system in a way to lower rates and eliminate loopholes.

Schlingensiepen had survived a three-candidate primary, defeating runner-up Bob Eye, an attorney from Lawrence.

Last year, Schlingensiepen, a minister at First Congregational Church, helped form a coalition to fight Brownback when the Republican governor proposed shutting down the Kansas Neurological Institute, which is a state hospital that serves those with profound disabilities. KNI remains open.

Jenkins, a certified public accountant, defeated former GOP Rep. Jim Ryun in the 2008 primary and then Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda, who had unseated Ryun two years earlier.


Greg Cooper 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't think the amount of money spent by Tobias would have changed the outcome. Unfortunately, Lynn represents the kind of -- dare I say -- tea party thinking that exists in the majority of voting Kansans' mind. Until the people of Kansas wake up to what the new Republican party means, few of Tobias's kind will be welcome at the polls. Money is important, yes, but inertia seems, at least in Kansas, to be more important.

I think that's what jhawkinsf was trying to say before being railroaded onto another topid altogether.


bevy 1 year, 5 months ago

It's simple - Lynn had more and bigger yard signs, more ads, and more name recognition, because the corporations and special interests who bought and paid for her representation made sure that was the case. I hope Tobias will give it another run next time around.


ThirdStone 1 year, 5 months ago

I know Rev. Schlingensiepen, he is a person of high integrity, great intelligence and a wonderful sense of humor. Those who don't know him would have seen all that in the televised debate. With more funds and name recognition he would definitely have won this election. I sincerely hope he wins the next one.


Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Gee, certain folks are certainly quiet. Didn't I just see rockchalk1977 lurking around here...?


Beth Bird 1 year, 5 months ago

That is really a shame. I had hoped Jenkins might finally be unseated. She is just terrible. Given the difference in monetary funding, it isn't surprising...


Eybea Opiner 1 year, 5 months ago

"The nation cannot afford another 4 years of NO."

I think you meant, The nation cannot afford another 4 years of BO."


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks to our Lawrence delegation of democrats who stepped up in order to maintain a bit of sanity in a sea of insanity.

On the national scene Republicans have never been about smaller government nor have ever reduced the size of government nor reduced the size of spending ever. In fact it has been quite the opposite. Republicans are not paying attention. Republicans are getting used every day.

Considering the party of NO is still running the house I will encourage President Obama to step up and make use of his executive privilege throughout the next 4 years.

The republicans of which they are NOT do not wish to build bridges. Tearing down bridges has been their claim to fame since Reagan/Bush. Don't waste time on matters that cannot succeed.

The nation cannot afford another 4 years of NO.


Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

He looked like a roly-poly loser anyway.


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 5 months ago

Ads and name recognition.

I saw exactly one ad from Schlingensiepen over the course of the campaign, and that was Monday evening. I don't recall seeing any yard signs.

Whereas I saw many flyers and too many yard signs to count for Jenkins. She had her name plastered over everything.

Now I follow politics pretty closely and I had heard of Tobias and knew where he stood on the issues, but I imaging most people hadn't. How do you expect to win if no one has heard your name prior to reading the ballot?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Jenkins where did you get your money?

What are the people's names behind the money? How many names are ashamed to be seen with the money?


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