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Brownback, Roberts overcame poor ratings to win

Brownback, Roberts
Brownback, Roberts AP

Though 54 percent of Kansans disapprove of their job performances, Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., won re-election anyway. In fact, Brownback is the most unpopular governor of any state to be re-elected since 1990, according to Patrick Miller, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas who studies polling. Brownback also won even though 53 percent of voters surveyed in an exit poll Tuesday said his state income tax cuts had hurt the state and only 40 percent said the tax cuts had helped the economy. Roberts prevailed even though 62 percent of voters in an exit poll said that he spends too much time away from Kansas. – Phillip Brownlee