Kansas - Governor

as of September 1

The Candidates

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Tom Holland

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: July 23, 1961
  • Residence: Baldwin City, KS

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Sam Brownback

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: September 12, 1956
  • Residence: Topeka, KS

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Previous Results

    Kansas Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Kathleen Sebelius DEM 491,993 57.9%
    Jim Barnett REP 343,586 40.4%
    Carl Kramer LIB 8,896 1%
    Richard Ranzau REF 5,221 0.6%

    U.S. President: Kansas (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 699,655 56.6%
    Barack Obama DEM 514,765 41.7%
    Ralph Nader IND 10,527 0.9%
    Bob Barr LIB 6,706 0.5%
    Chuck Baldwin REF 4,148 0.3%

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Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

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.
-Ken Rudin

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