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Battle for conservative votes

moranmug10Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, was only 2 percentage points behind Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, on "party unity" last year. Moran was with most House Republicans and against most Democrats on 90 percent of votes, compared with 92 percent for Tiahrt. Yet their GOP primary contest for the U.S. Senate spot next year promises to be a battle to show which is more conservative. "Moran is making a concerted effort not to get painted as more moderate than Tiahrt," University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis told CQ Politics. "It is fascinating to see him get as far to the right as he possibly can."