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Lost without Sebelius?

Because of his lack of name recognition and brief residency in the state, Tom Wiggans was a long shot as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate even before Kansans heard that his former pharmaceutical company recently settled a $12 million class-action suit alleging that executives misled investors. No surprise, then, that he dropped out of the race Wednesday, citing the challenge of raising enough money to be competitive against GOP titan Sam Brownback. What's remarkable is that the Kansas Democratic Party appears so helpless to stop Brownback — as if it hadn't won the past two gubernatorial races and seen its registration numbers grow by 32,000 voters since 2006 (while Republican ranks shrank by 16,000 voters).