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GOP pulls off a sweep

Kansans now can delight in putting this crazy campaign season behind them.
Kansans now can delight in putting this crazy campaign season behind them.

Though the mud slung getting to Tuesday disqualifies the use of the word “clean,” the Kansas Republican Party again pulled off a sweep of the state’s major races.

Even Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts prevailed, after unexpectedly difficult campaigns that had people across the country wondering what was going on in our reliably red state.

Congratulations are due the winners, including the 4th Congressional District’s Mike Pompeo, the 1st Congressional District’s Tim Huelskamp, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Treasurer Ron Estes and Insurance Commissioner-elect Ken Selzer.

Of course, the re-elected governor and his conservative allies in the Legislature just won the duty to cope with the state’s looming revenue crisis caused by their 2012 income tax cuts.

Closer to home, Sedgwick County lost a distinguished and experienced jurist in the defeat of Democratic Judge Gregory Waller. And the Sedgwick County Commission results and the failure of Wichita’s 1 percent sales tax could spell trouble for area economic development and other priorities.

If the 78-year-old Roberts survived the biggest scare of his long career, especially when the GOP primary is included, the biggest triumph of the night belonged to his colleague Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Moran helped put the GOP in control of both chambers for the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-07).

Here’s hoping that the closeness of the opinion polls and some of the returns won’t be forgotten instantly by the victors, but will cause them to adopt a more balanced approach to leadership, lawmaking and policy.

And no matter their political views, Kansans now can delight in putting this crazy campaign season behind them.

For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman

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