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Voters reject middle ground in Kansas Senate races
The Kansas City Star ^ | August 8, 2012 | BRAD COOPER and MIKE HENDRICKS

Posted on 08/08/2012 5:13:26 AM PDT by Mercat

Conservative Republicans scored big wins across Kansas on Tuesday as they set themselves up to seize control of the state Senate and clear a path for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s agenda.

Moderates lost in many key Senate races in Tuesday’s GOP primary, including five of six seats that were up for grabs in Johnson County.

Rep. Kay Wolf of Prairie Village was the only moderate Republican to win in Johnson County.

Conservative Jeff Melcher knocked off Rep. Pat Colloton in Senate District 11; Rep. Jim Denning downed moderate Tim Owens in Senate District 8; and Rep. Greg Smith beat Joe Beveridge in Senate District 21. Conservative Mary Pilcher Cook fended off a challenge from moderate Tom Wertz in Senate District 10.

In a race pitting two conservatives, incumbent Sen. Pat Apple of Louisburg defeated Rep. Charlotte O’Hara.

In outstate Kansas, conservative challengers knocked off Senate President Steve Morris and fellow moderates Roger Reitz, Jean Schodorf and Dwayne Umbarger. Sen. Pete Brungardt was trailing by more than 10 points early today.

The races were particularly bitter and expensive as the battle between conservative and moderate Republicans reached a 25-year crescendo. At stake was control of the Kansas Senate, where moderate Republicans have teamed with Democrats to slow Brownback’s agenda.

Brownback took the rare but not unprecedented step of campaigning for conservative Senate and House candidates. His former chief of staff even chipped in with cash to help conservatives in their races against moderate Republicans.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: conservatives; election2012; kansas
Jim Denning is the first local race I was involved in so I was thrilled that he got 60% of the vote. The "moderates" openly took money from the Democrats. They have been dominating the party in Eastern Kansas for decades and I'm thrilled that they got trounced. The incumbant Owens who was running agains Denning has never seen a pro abortion or a pro tax issue that he didn't love. He predicted that he would bury Denning. hehe
1 posted on 08/08/2012 5:13:31 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat

While I preferred Durant over Hoekstra here in Michigan, I can live with Hoekstra and believe he has a good chance of beating Debbie Stabenow.

2 posted on 08/08/2012 5:17:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mercat
"moderate Republicans have teamed with Democrats"

They are not called RINOs for nothing. Profiling typically pays off.

3 posted on 08/08/2012 5:24:10 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Mercat

Go Kansas!

4 posted on 08/08/2012 5:38:25 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (GHWB gave us Souter. W gave us Roberts. Can we risk Jeb in the White House?)
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To: cripplecreek
I, too, was disappointed that Durant lost. However, I believe Michigan still has a way to go before they leave the Dem/RINO "plantation." Hoekstra may help Michiganders discover that leaving the RINO plantation is, in fact, necessary.

If he wins the seat, y'all keep his feet to the fire in DC. (We in Missouri have been watching Sen. Roy Blunt - elected 2010 - closely.)

5 posted on 08/08/2012 6:09:49 AM PDT by Prov3456
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To: Prov3456

Hoekstra is far from perfect but he’s well to the right of guys like McCain.

My suggestion is that all in Michigan start hammering him to admit that his vote in favor of the great lakes directional drilling ban was a mistake. Leading the charge to get it lifted could go a long way toward redeeming himself.

6 posted on 08/08/2012 6:16:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mercat

Campaign literature for “moderate” candidates Tom Wertz and Stephanie Meyers was being distributed by individuals who drove up in a Prius with an Obama/Biden sticker on the reat bumper. Priceless!

Lew, in Kansas

7 posted on 08/08/2012 7:01:26 AM PDT by laterldf
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To: Mercat
Good for you working for Jim.

He's a GREAT guy but when he was elected last time to the KS house, I wasn't certain of his conservative values. Now, I'm thrilled to see that he signed up as a conservative!

Sadly, we couldn't pull out the same thing for David Harvey!

My neighborhood is just too liberal but the good thing for Kay Wolf is she will be surrounded by conservatives which will make her left-leaning ways stand out instead of hiding in a large group from Johnson County when they team up with KS dimocRATS!

8 posted on 08/08/2012 7:09:01 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: laterldf
Yes, one of those driving around supporting the RINO in my neighborhood even had an "Obama12" license plated!

And they wonder why we call them RINOS - they are so liberal, some even make rank and file dimocRATS look conservative!

9 posted on 08/08/2012 7:12:20 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

Is Kay Wolf running unopposed? I’d be tempted to vote for the Democrat.

10 posted on 08/08/2012 7:22:27 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: laterldf

We are in the age of paid off Republicans. There is now no difference in the parties any more.

11 posted on 08/08/2012 7:23:08 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Mercat
Nope - she's running unopposed, though why bother, she votes with the dimocRATS each and every time.

Big change now, however, she can't hid out with her former cronies, pretending to vote "for the children."

This time, she'll stand out by her lonesome siding against the rest of the KS GOP.

The KS Senate chambers will be the loneliest place on earth for Kay! It will be as though she has small pox.

Who will she share a cup of coffee with??? I wouldn't want to be in her shoes at all.

Only the Kansas City Star, the KNEA and other unions think she's great, no one else in the KS Senate will except the handful of dimocRATS.

12 posted on 08/08/2012 7:38:31 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Kansas is throwing the bums out!
Go Kansas!

13 posted on 08/08/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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