John R. Brinkley also became involved in Kansas politics. It is generally believed that he entered the 1930 campaign for governor of Kansas to build popular support to offset the investigation being conducted by the Kansas State Medical Board. He announced his candidacy as an independent on September 23, 1930, too late for this name to appear on the ballot. Brinkley campaigned diligently, using his radio station to instruct listeners on the write-in procedure. The race was close with numerous Brinkley votes discarded for spelling and marking errors. The final totals for 1930 were 188,278 for Brinkley and 217,171 for Harry Woodring, the Democratic victor who defeated the Republican nominee Frank Haucke by 57 votes. Brinkley also ran for governor of Kansas in1932 and 1934.