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Democratic poll finds nearly even support if Paul Davis challenged Lynn Jenkins in U.S. House race

Paul Davis shakes hands with supporters after his debate with Gov. Sam Brownback at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson in September.
Paul Davis shakes hands with supporters after his debate with Gov. Sam Brownback at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson in September. File photo

New poll numbers released by Democrats show that Paul Davis, who ran for governor against incumbent Republican Sam Brownback, might have a shot at beating Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in the 2nd District race for Congress next year.

The poll, taken of 800 voters in the 2nd District in July, found basically even support for the two, with 44 percent of respondents favoring Davis and 42 percent favoring Jenkins. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The numbers were discussed Saturday by Chris Reeves, state leader for the Daily Kos and consultant for Smokey Hill Strategies, during Demofest, an annual gathering of Democrats from across the state. The poll was partially paid for by Reeves; he would not say who else had funded it.

Davis, who attended the statewide meeting, said he was not surprised by the finding, because he carried that area in the governor’s race by 6 percentage points. Statewide, Brownback bested Davis by 4 percentage points.

“I don’t really have any plan to run for office; not to say I wouldn’t consider it in the future,” Davis said.

Some members of his party have also pushed for another try at the governor’s race.

For now, Davis said, he’s interested in staying involved with the party and continuing work at his law practice in Lawrence.

“I’m 10 months out of the campaign, which was a major undertaking,” Davis said. “I’m enjoying catching my breath.”

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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