Much riding on election

Many Kansans are relieved that the negative campaign advertising is almost over — at least for a while. But that relief shouldn't overshadow the importance of today's election and the need to vote.

The Republican primary will presumably decide the state's next insurance commissioner, as there are no Democratic candidates in this race. Republicans also have dominated the U.S. Senate and 1st Congressional District races for so many decades that whichever GOP candidates win those primaries will be heavy favorites to win in November. Republicans also face a key choice in the secretary of state contest.

Democrats have contested races for the U.S. Senate, secretary of state and the 4th Congressional District. There also are some good matchups for Sedgwick County Commission and the Legislature.

Though he hopes he is wrong, Secretary of State Chris Biggs predicted that only 19 percent of registered voters will participate in this primary. If so, that means a small minority will be making decisions that could affect all Kansans for many years to come.

Be sure you are one of those who votes, as much is riding on today's election.

Voters still unsure about the candidates can learn more by consulting The Eagle's online voter guide at Kansas.com and by reading The Eagle editorial board's endorsements at Kansas.com/opinion.