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Updated Oct. 14, 2010
The bitterly fought primary between two longtime Republican Congressmen essentially decided who would be the next Senator. Rep. Jerry Moran beat Rep. Todd Tiahrt, 50 percent to 45 percent, in the Aug. 3 primary, and he doesn't need to wait until November to start preparing to move to the other side of the Capitol.
The two men sparred mostly over their overlapping and similar tenures in the House. Tiahrt worked to portray himself as the true conservative in the race and got the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Moran, on the other hand, got the support of Sens. Jim DeMint and John McCain. He criticized Tiahrt's service on the Appropriations Committee and promised to rein in government spending. Moran maintained a lead in polling throughout the race, at least partially because of the large base of Republican support from the "Big First" western Kansas district he represents.
College administrator Lisa Johnston is the Democratic nominee, but Kansas has not sent a Democrat to the Senate since the Great Depression.
U.S. Senate Delegation: 3 Republicans
U.S. House Delegation:
Gov. Sam Brownback-R
First Elected: 1996 (2nd full term)
Last Elected: 2004 (69.16%)
Governor: Sam Brownback, R
First Elected: 2010 (1st term)
State House Control: Republican
State Senate Control: Republican
|2010||general||Jerry Moran (R)||587,175||70.1%|
|Lisa Johnston (D)||220,971||26.4%|
|Michael Dann (LIBERT)||17,922||2.1%|
|Joe Bellis (D)||11,624||1.4%|
|2004||general||Sam Brownback (R)||780,863||69.2%|
|Lee Jones (D)||310,337||27.5%|
|Steven Rosile (LIBERT)||21,842||1.9%|
|George Cook (REF)||15,980||1.4%|
|1998||general||Sam Brownback (R)||474,639||65.3%|
|Paul Feleciano Jr. (D)||229,718||31.6%|
|Thomas L. "Tom" Oyler (LIBERT)||11,545||1.6%|
|Alvin Bauman (REF)||11,334||1.6%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 41.65%||John McCain: 56.61%|
|2004||John Kerry: 37%||George W. Bush: 62%|
|2000||Al Gore: 37%||George W. Bush: 58%|