Kansas Governor (2006)
U.S. President: Kansas (2008)
Sep 1, 2010
Brownback Sails Ahead In Kansas
Mark Parkinson, a Republican-turned-Democrat who became governor in April 2009 when Kathleen Sebelius (D) joined the Obama Cabinet as secretary of health and human services, is not running.
Sebelius first won the governorship in 2002 as a result of a deep chasm in the state GOP between conservatives and ultra-conservatives. That split helped her win re-election four years later. But this year there was no split in the Republican Party, at least in the race for governor. Sen. Sam Brownback, who made a brief and unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination last time out, made it clear early on that he was going to leave the Senate to pursue the governorship, and that seemed to seal the deal. The Democratic nominee is state Sen. Tom Holland.
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