As the GOP Senate primary unfolds over the next year between Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Goddard and Rep. Jerry Moran of Hays, Tiahrt can now point to an early show of strength in crucial northeast Kansas: He won 165 votes to Moran's 46 in the Olathe Republican Party picnic and straw poll over the weekend. According to the Kansas City Star, Tiahrt was there with a busload of supporters from the Wichita area. Moran did not attend. No surprise that Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach ran away in the polling for governor and secretary of state, respectively. The 2012 presidential nomination race came down to Sarah Palin (76 votes), Mike Huckabee (54) and Mitt Romney (52).