Gov. Mark Parkinson left the Kansas Democratic Party "high and dry" when he refused to run for re-election and chose a lieutenant governor who also pledged not to run, wrote Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "Despite a respectable Democratic candidate in Tom Holland, the election is all but over," the website predicted. "Republicans will retake the governor's office with current U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback. This is a remarkable example of the governing political party imploding. The GOP can count this one as in the bag."