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Incumbents under fire

Kansas isn't alone in having throngs of candidates running for Congress. Associated Press reported that more than 2,300 people have filed for 471 House and Senate seats — the most candidates in at least 35 years — and the filing deadline is still pending in some states, including Kansas. The field is heavily Republican, reflecting the public mood, but there also are several hundred independent and third-party candidates. Meanwhile, primary voters continue to show themselves to be in a mood to blame incumbents, mostly Democratic ones. Two more fell last Tuesday in elections in Alabama: recent party-switcher Rep. Parker Griffith, R-Ala., and Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., who was running for governor.