Kansas: Sebelius Makes 2010 Race Competitive, Poll Says

Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:09pm

If Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) were to run for Senate in 2010, she would start in a strong position to win the seat, according to recent poll results.

Sebelius had a 10-point lead over GOP Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran in a survey paid for the liberal Web site Daily Kos. In the Research 2000 poll, Sebelius was ahead of Tiahrt 47 percent to 37 percent and led Moran 48 percent to 36 percent.

Tiahrt and Moran have announced that they are running for the seat held by Sen. Sam Brownback (R), who is stepping down and is likely to run for governor in 2010. Sebelius is term-limited out of office that year, but she has never said publicly if she is interested in running for Senate. She is also reportedly a leading contender to be the Health and Human Services secretary in the Obama administration.

Without Sebelius in the contest, Democrats are not currently viewed as likely to make the Senate race competitive.

The poll surveyed 600 likely voters Feb. 2-4 and its margin of error was 4 points.