Elections 2014

Results, reaction as Kansas election returns come in

11:07 p.m. Paul Davis has conceded his race against Gov. Sam Brownback. http://twitter.com/LJWpqhancock/status/529862444190281728 http://twitter.com/LJWpqhancock/status/529862530278363136 --- 10:55 p.m. **Brownback widening lead over Davis** — *by Peter Hancock* With ...

If elected, Docking won’t seek cabinet post, will likely focus on education

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Jill Docking said that if she and her running mate Paul Davis are elected, she plans to focus on education issues, but does not plan to hold a cabinet post, as some other lieutenant governors have done. “I’m not likely to have a cabinet position ...

V.P. Biden says Orman “with us”

Kansas Republicans on Tuesday pounced on a comment by Vice President Joe Biden who seemed to indicate that he thinks Greg Orman will align with the Democrats if he wins the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, something that Orman himself has never stated publicly. During an interview with WPLR-FM ...

Voter privacy concerns raised again

The 2014 election may be remembered as the starting point for a new and novel kind “get-out-the-vote” tactic: threatening people with public humiliation if they don’t turn out to vote. People who have received such messages have described them as “Orwellian” and complained that ...

Reporting from the polls

6:08 p.m. **Chatter about the police headquarters sales tax issue, via Chad Lawhorn:** I have been known to put the “un” in unscientific, especially on Election Day. I’ve spent almost two hours chatting with voters at various precincts across the city, particularly about their ...

Democratic Party mailer upsets some Kansas voters

A postcard sent out recently by the Kansas Democratic Party that was intended to boost voter turnout has instead caused some voters to complain about an invasion of privacy. "Responsible citizens vote and people are watching to ensure that you do your duty," the postcard reads. It goes on ...

National Republican Senatorial Committee not giving up on Roberts; clown flap

A strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Saturday posted a comment on Twitter that might be ominous for Sen. Pat Roberts. "no Senator under 45 in RCP average heading into Elex Day has ever been re-elected," [wrote Brad Dayspring][1], who is also a former staffer to ...

Latest Senate poll shows Orman up by 5 points over Roberts

A new poll in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas puts independent candidate Greg Orman up by five points, 49-44 percent, over Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. The [survey by Rasmussen Reports][1], an independent firm whose sampling method tends to favor Republicans, shows Orman getting support from ...

Orman spokesman reassigned over Gitmo flap

A spokesman for independent candidate Greg Orman's U.S. Senate campaign has been "reassigned" after posting a [comment on Twitter][1] referring to Sen. Pat Roberts and other Senate Republicans as "bedwetters." Sam Edelen, who had been part of Orman's communications team since early in the ...

Poll shows races tightening in Kansas

A new poll out Monday by the Democratic firm [Public Policy Polling][1] shows the races for governor and U.S. Senate in Kansas getting tighter. Based on a survey, 1,081 likely voters conducted over the weekend, the governor's race between Republican Sam Brownback and his Democratic ...

2nd District race tightens; Roberts threatens shutdown over Gitmo

**Dem. poll: Jenkins leads by single digits** An internal poll for Democrat Margie Wakefield suggests her race against Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd Congressional District may be tightening. The poll, which was provided to the Journal-World from someone not affiliated with either campaign, ...

Recent polls showing no clear direction in either senate or governor’s race

Either something strange is happening in the Kansas electorate, or there's something wrong with recent polling in the top two races in Kansas. Based on polls released just in the past week, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts could be five points up, or 10 points down, or anywhere in between, in his ...

Notes from the trail: Polling; Roberts endorsements; Cato Institute

**Latest polling** Two new polls came out over the weekend that may indicate a shift in races for governor and U.S. Senate. Or, they may not. One came from [NBC and Marist College][1] purportedly showing a dead heat in the governor's race and a 10-point lead for independent candidate Greg ...

Latest poll shows GOP still in trouble; tea party playing hardball

**Top Republicans still trailing** A new, independent poll out this week confirms again what other polls have been saying for weeks, that Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback are both trailing behind their challengers, but not by insurmountable margins. The [Suffolk University/USA ...

As court ponders ballot case, polls show why it matters

Some number of people in Kansas — it's not really clear how many — are eagerly awaiting a decision from the Shawnee County District Court about whether Democrats will be required to name a candidate for the U.S. Senate. In the meantime, a new look at the polls in that race shows why it ...

Roberts once supported firearms background checks

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is about to get some help from the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, which [endorsed him][1] for re-election earlier this month, based in part on his opposition to requiring background checks for all gun sales. The [Washington Post][2] and the ...

Poll shows governor’s race tightening; Dole stumping for Roberts

The polling firm Rasmussen Reports on Monday released details of its latest poll that appears to show the Kansas governor's race tightening, but which raises as many questions as it answers. Their [latest poll][1], conducted Sept. 16-17, shows Democrat Paul Davis leading by four points, ...