Wednesday, November 08, 2006


What's the Matter With Kansas? Not Much.

What's the matter with Kansas? Not so much it seems.

Last night, the radical right was dealt a stinging defeat at the hands of moderate Democratic and Republican voters.

Statewide, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius easily won victory over her far-right opponent, Jim Barnett, who was able to win just 41 percent of the vote. Moderate Republican Ron Thornburg won re-election as Secretary of State handily, as well.

In the most stunning defeat for the ultra-right, Democrat Paul Morrison easily defeated incumbent Phill Kline in the Attorney General's race. Kline got just 42 percent of the vote which can only be interpreted as a historic defeat for the right in red state Kansas. Kline even lost in rural areas in the state as voters were repulsed by his lying negative ads, illegal church fund raising, secret meetings with right-wing school board members, and misuse of his office in a fanatical campaign to make abortion illegal in the state.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a moderate Democrat, cruised to victory in the 3rd District, while moderate Democrat Nancy Boyda surprised everyone by upsetting radical right incumbent Jim Ryun in the 2nd.

Moderate Republicans Sally Cauble and Jana Shaver won election to the state school board insuring that pro-science moderates will have a 6-4 majority on the board in January. Unfortunately, moderates Don Weiss and Jack Wempe lost to right-wingers John Bacon and Ken Willard.

RSR believes that many Republicans who crossed over for the first time to vote for Democrats at the top of the ticket were unwilling to also vote for Democrats in the school board races -- especially when they already knew a moderate majority had been elected.


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