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Sebelius' party building exaggerated?

sebeliushandsup5Kathleen Sebelius gained national attention for having been a one-woman recruitment machine for the Kansas Democratic Party. But the voter registration numbers since 2002, when she first ran for governor, don't show a sea change: Then, Kansas had 743,000 registered Republicans and 441,000 Democrats. As of January, the state had 758,000 Republicans and 479,000 Democrats (and some of the Democratic gains are likely due to Barack Obama, not Sebelius). In any case, House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, told The Eagle editorial board last week: "I don't think the success of the party is just about her."