Archive for Tuesday, November 2, 2010

GOP sweeps statewide office votes

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, and Gov. Sam Brownback with his wife, Mary, at his side, celebrate winning in Tuesday's mid-term election during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, and Gov. Sam Brownback with his wife, Mary, at his side, celebrate winning in Tuesday's mid-term election during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka.

November 2, 2010, 9:16 p.m.

Updated: November 3, 2010, 6:48 a.m.


Kansas solidified its reputation as a red state, giving the GOP victories in its top races in balloting Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, received 70 percent of the vote in his race for the U.S. Senate and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Topeka, won an early concession from the Democratic nominee in the run for the governor’s mansion.

With precincts from 104 of the state's 105 counties reporting, Moran easily defeated Democrat Lisa Johnston, a Baker University administrator, 570,680 votes to 213,199. With the same number of precincts reporting, Brownback easily held off State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, 514,740 votes to 261,866. State election officials were still awaiting results from Montgomery County in southeast Kansas.

Republicans also won in each of the contested state office races and in the state's four congressional races.

Brownback on Tuesday night told a cheering crowd in Topeka that Republican victories Tuesday were a repudiation of President Barack Obama.

"A clean sweep for a new beginning," Brownback said. "No more Obama way. Now let's go the Kansas way."

Holland, who estimated his campaign would be outspent by Brownback nearly 4:1, congratulated the governor-elect. Holland, noting Brownback's longstanding fight for human rights in Darfur and North Korea, he was sure Brownback would show the same "compassion that all Kansans have for those in need."

In statewide races, Kris Kobach defeated incumbent Chris Biggs in secretary of state balloting, 475,497 to 299,601. Derek Schmidt won the attorney general's race, 445,445 votes to 339,808 for incumbent Democrat Steve Six. Ron Estes unseated incumbent Democratic State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, 467,031 votes to 331,101.

Holland dismissed the idea that it was simply a bad night to be a Democrat, saying "while our candidacy did not win, our cause will always endure. Our work will go on. Our party will move forward."


Torch 5 years, 12 months ago

These times they are 'a changing eh Mr. Myrick?

You were so excited back in 2008 when Obama ran away with everything. Now here we are two years later and worse off than we were when he came to office. The American people just sent a very loud message to Washington.

So are you going to write another opinion expressing your excitement over this 'change'? Or are you still pulling for $1 trillion to be spent on Obamacare?


BaldwinDad 5 years, 12 months ago

The only message the people of America have sent is that they are as gullible as ever. If you honestly think that any of the candidates elected are going to make any real change then you are truly naive. The candidates will dance to the tune of their Political parties and the Political Parties are all owned by large Corporate interests make the large donations.

The only real change we are going to enact is when we start voting for and electing third party candidates, cause the only difference in the two parties we have right now are their animal mascots.


NanCrisp 5 years, 11 months ago

Just as naive as the American people were a couple of years ago. Hope and Change. And you don't have to be a Republican to realize that we've had none of the former and the wrong kind of the latter over the past two years.


NanCrisp 5 years, 12 months ago

Well, Torch, it would appear that Mr. Myrick won't be opining about much of anything any more.


BaldwinDad 5 years, 12 months ago

That is true since he no longer works for the paper and hasn't for a couple of weeks.


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