|Kansas Governor Sam Brownback watching the primary votes come in|
at a republican gathering in the Overland Park, Kan., Marriott Hotel.
(AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Chris Neal)
Yesterday’s primary elections were largely defined by incumbents retaining their seats.
With vote totals still unofficial, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and U.S. House Reps Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins easily held off challengers. In statewide races, Governor Brownback and Secretary of State Kobach were winners, while Ken Selzer now appears to be the Republican candidate for State Insurance Commissioner.
The dust has not yet settled on all the various State House and Senate races. However, it appears that last night was a good night for incumbents and conservatives in the House, while a few more moderate candidates emerged as winners in Senate races.
Some of the early eye openers out of the races? In the 72nd House District, a very high voter turnout and a solid victory for Marc Rhoades over challenger Barbara Bunting; Clark Shultz was not able to parlay his long track record as a legislator into a win for the Insurance Commissioner spot; and the Governor’s primary race saw 37% of votes cast not going to Governor Brownback.