General Election — November 4, 2008

U.S. House, District 2

Live results 818 of 819 precincts reporting / Unofficial results / Precinct breakdown

Completed candidate chats
New ballots easier for voters to read
October 6, 2008
The ballot for Douglas County voters will look different in the Nov. 4 general election. But County Clerk Jamie Shew says the changes are not drastic and are necessary to help voters better read and understand the ballot. “People find this far easier to read, clear to read, easier to use,” Shew said. “It doesn’t change. You still mark the ovals.”
Boyda, Jenkins forum to take place at Dole
October 5, 2008
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda and State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, candidates for the state’s 2nd District U.S. House seat, will take questions from voters during a public forum from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Boyda, Jenkins debate over war, taxes
October 2, 2008
From the war in Iraq to tax policy, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, and her Republican challenger State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, also of Topeka, verbally sparred Wednesday over numerous issues affecting voters in the 2nd Congressional District. Jenkins faces Boyda in the Nov. 4 election to represent the district that includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and most of southeast Kansas.
Senate candidates to speak at forum
September 30, 2008
Candidates for two state Senate positions will participate in a forum today at Lawrence High School, 1901 La. In the District 2 race, state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, and Republican Scott Morgan will answer questions starting at 7 p.m. The forum for candidates in District 3, between state Sen. Roger Pine, a Republican, and state Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat, will start at 8 p.m.
Candidates of both parties downplay affiliations
September 28, 2008
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda and State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins aren’t going out of their way to tell voters which political party they belong to. Boyda is the Democrat, and Jenkins, the Republican, in the 2nd Congressional District race.
Political forums start next week
September 28, 2008
Candidates for federal, state and county positions will take questions at forums starting next week. The events are sponsored by the nonpartisan Voter Education Coalition and are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, candidates for two state Senate seats will participate in a forum at Lawrence High School, 1901 La.
Congressional session postpones Boyda-Jenkins debate
Boyda-Jenkins debate postponed
September 26, 2008
Because Congress is still in session, an AARP-sponsored debate in Pittsburg, Kan., originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed between Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, and challenger Lynn Jenkins, the Republican state treasurer.
State leaders want taxpayer protection
September 25, 2008
Lawrence’s congressional representatives and their election opponents are in agreement in saying that taxpayer protection had to be a top priority in any kind of bailout of Wall Street. On Wednesday, President Bush, seeing opposition mounting to his original plan to use $700 billion in tax dollars to address the financial credit crisis, said he was willing to accept oversight and efforts to remove the risks to taxpayers in the proposal.
Boyda critical of bailout proposal
September 24, 2008
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, on Tuesday criticized President Bush’s bailout proposal for Wall Street.
Congressional candidates go head-to-head over energy bill vote
September 17, 2008
Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins blasted U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, for voting for an energy bill. But Jenkins refused to say whether she would have voted for the bill or against it.
Jenkins criticizes Boyda for taking money from Rangel
Jenkins criticizes Boyda for taking contributions from fellow congressman
September 17, 2008
Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins is criticizing U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, for taking campaign contributions from U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., who is under fire for owing back taxes.
Bush cancels Topeka fundraiser, heads to Texas to survey Ike’s damage
September 15, 2008
President Bush will not headline a campaign fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins, but instead will send first lady Laura Bush to the event while he visits Texas to see damage from Hurricane Ike.
Democrats criticize Bush fundraiser for Jenkins as wasteful
September 10, 2008
Next week’s scheduled visit by President Bush for a private fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins has set off political fireworks.
Boyda, Jenkins agree to 5 debates
September 6, 2008
Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda and Republican rival Lynn Jenkins have agreed to meet in five debates before the Nov. 4 election.
Campaign funding becomes issue
September 3, 2008
The Kansas Democratic Party on Tuesday said Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Lynn Jenkins’ “outsider” image has been undermined by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which will spend $580,000 in television ads to help her try to defeat U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, the Democratic incumbent.