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BBC: Kansas election might hurt Brownback presidential bid

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(BBC) White House hopefuls begin race:][2] Washington has hardly swept up the confetti and empty bottles left over from the celebrations and commiserations of Election Day 2006, but the race for the White House two years from now has already begun. ... So for many in each party, the question now is: If not the front-runner, then who? Several men who had been positioning themselves as conservative alternatives to Mr McCain had bad nights as 2006 results came in. ... Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas saw the Democrats make strong gains in his conservative state, casting doubt on his campaigning abilities.Rep. Jim Ryun (R)[(AP) Ryun speaks about defeat, uncertain about his future:][3] Republican Rep. Jim Ryun made no excuses Thursday for his defeat Election Day, focusing more on the transition from statesman to citizen. Ryun lost to Democrat Nancy Boyda in the 2nd District race by a 51-47 percent margin, ending his bid for a sixth term in Congress. Two years ago Ryun beat Boyda by 15 points, which he said could have explained what happened this year. "In one regard, we were a victim of our own success," Ryun said in a telephone interview, one of his first since Tuesday's loss. "Everyone thought it was going to be an easy race. I certainly didn't."Rep.-elect Nancy Boyda (D)![][4][(Topeka Capital-Journal) Giddy Boyda starting off fast:][5] Following the biggest night of her political life, Nancy Boyda made it to bed by 2 a.m. "The phone started ringing at 7 o'clock," said the Topeka Democrat, who pulled off an improbable upset against Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., on Tuesday. It has been that kind of a nonstop run for Boyda, who pounded out a grass-roots campaign to unseat the former track star. By midday Wednesday, Boyda was talking in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal about where she plans to set up constituent services offices and about her first legislative priorities. On the latter, she has plenty in mind -- finding policy solutions for the health care and energy problems that the nation faces.Etc.[(Wichita Eagle commentary) When gerrymandering goes bad:][6] Nancy Boyda's upset of Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Topeka, may in part be an unintended consequence of GOP state legislators' contentious 2002 redistricting map. That was the hurried plan that nearly forced the postponement of the August primary, when then-Attorney General Carla Stovall challenged its separation of Junction City and Ft. Riley. But by also moving part of liberal Lawrence from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd, Republicans intended to make Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, beatable. Now, he's still in office. And as of Tuesday, as KC Buzz Blog noted, "we've now got two blue districts where we once had just one." Oops. [1]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [2]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6134432.stm [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/nov... [4]: http://www.actblue.com/images/entities/9536.gif [5]: http://cjonline.com/stories/110906/leg_boydafast.shtml [6]: http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2006/11/when_gerrymande.html?lid=rss_container&lpos=kansas_580480

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overthemoon 7 years, 5 months ago

brownback is arrogant, self-righteous, and narrowminded. just what we need...another w. sorry sam, the game is up.

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Reality_Check 7 years, 5 months ago

Run, Brownie! We'd love to lose you, and you'd make such an easy target.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

If the moderates want to remain as what the majority is they will need to vote in large numbers every voting cycle including primaries.

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SpeedRacer 7 years, 5 months ago

Ryan actually lost almost every county. The few he won were slim margins. Yes, western DG county was a factor, but he lost support everywhere.

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Irish_Prince 7 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, like this stiff had much of a chance to begin with?

Please!

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63BC 7 years, 5 months ago

Brownback votes 1994 2nd district: 135,568

Boyda votes 2006 2nd district: 111,709

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white_mountain 7 years, 5 months ago

I would vote for Ted Haggard any day over Sam Brownback.

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tarjay 7 years, 5 months ago

Hey, give Sam a break, he has worked hard at rubber stamping anything Bush wanted as well as annointing himself as the reichfuehrer of the radical "religious" right.

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average 7 years, 5 months ago

Had Tuesday endorsed evangelistic government (say, Santorum winning, or even Ryun and Kline), Brownback would have had a good chance of winning the nomination despite being considered unelectable in November. The Hillary of the Republican side.

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cutny 7 years, 5 months ago

I think Brownback running for President hurts Brownback's chances of nomination. Please. As if this man could ever be elected anything but what he is in any state but Kansas. I don't think he's qualified to be a hall monitor, let alone run the country.

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avoice 7 years, 5 months ago

It's interesting how the redistricting trick worked so well for the republicans. Be careful what you wish for?????????

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Bill Smith 7 years, 5 months ago

Did Brownback ever have a chance to begin with?

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

"But by also moving part of liberal Lawrence from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd, Republicans intended to make Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, beatable. Now, he's still in office. And as of Tuesday, as KC Buzz Blog noted, "we've now got two blue districts where we once had just one." Oops."

Wow! This was exactly what I was thinking Tuesday night.

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toefungus 7 years, 5 months ago

Senator Sam Brownback will move to the center. Just watch him. His principals allows for what ever it takes to get elected.

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ryanjasondesch 7 years, 5 months ago

Brownback didn't have a chance for President before this week, I don't even know what kind of chance you'd say he has now. He's a loon, and if he had been fighting for re-election on Tuesday, he would have lost just like his buddy Jim Ryun. Save yourself some money and time Sam, just stay home.

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oldgoof 7 years, 5 months ago

The Eagle commentary is an interesting point. Although western Douglas County was seeing as fairly safe for a Republican, Ryun did not carry a single Lawrence precinct.

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 5 months ago

The moderates are the true voice in america. Funny that for the most part, the leaders in poth parties are mostly conservative or liberal.

The one issue the democrats will fight over in party is gun rights. Alot of new dem winners are for guns. Hey, the NRA does not discriminate.

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willie_wildcat 7 years, 5 months ago

"Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas saw the Democrats make strong gains in his conservative state, casting doubt on his campaigning abilities."

Oh darn isn't that a shame? NOT!

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63BC 7 years, 5 months ago

Every Republican pretty much saw some home state reversals. Arizona [McCain] is now majority Democrat to the House. New York [Rudy/Pataki] lost two Republican House seats, Romney was replaced by a Democrat and Allen was beaten outright.

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