A Governing magazine article about the governor’s race noted that “Kansas is a conservative state that has long tended to elect Republicans” but that “since 1966, Democrats have taken over the governorship every 12 years.” (Robert Docking in 1966, John Carlin in 1978, Joan Finney in 1990 and Kathleen Sebelius in 2002.) Dan Watkins, a former executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, told the magazine: “Kansans have a history of throwing out one-term Republican governors that they think weren’t paying attention or went too far. The level of dissatisfaction with each of those governors is nothing compared to what’s happening with Sam Brownback.” – Rhonda Holman
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