Elections
5:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Unusual Challenger Cuts Brownback’s Margin In Kansas GOP Primary

Gov. Sam Brownback addressed supporters at a watch party on Tuesday night.
Gov. Sam Brownback addressed supporters at a watch party on Tuesday night.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback fended off a primary challenge Tuesday, but not by the margins his supporters would have liked.  

Brownback won 63 percent of the vote, but his opponent Jennifer Winn, a first-time politician running on a platform to legalize marijuana, inspired by a murder charge against her son. Her son was trafficking pot when he was killed.  

Winn took two rural counties. Some observers call that showing bad news for the tax-cutting Governor, but he says he’ll win the general election defining Democratic challenger Paul Davis with the ‘L’ word —both of them.

“A Liberal from Lawrence, a two time Obama delegate, who believes that answer to all problems lies with the government solution,” Brownback said of Davis. 

Brownback calls himself a "Reagan Republican," Davis calls him irresponsible. 

In other primaries, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach beat Scott Morgan.  

Ken Selzer, of Leawood, topped a field of five to win the Republican nomination for Insurance Commissioner.  Selzer will face Democrat Dennis Anderson, from Overland Park.  

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert held onto his job.

In the Democratic primary to fill the Kansas House seat being vacated by Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis of Lawrence, Dennis “Boog” Highberger defeated Abbie Hodges.

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