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Brownback not chastened by close election

“It’s tough to get re-elected governor,” Gov. Sam Brownback told the Lawrence Journal-World. “For Republican governors, I’m only the second in 50 years re-elected. Bill Graves was the first.” Unlike Graves, who won a landslide re-election, Brownback came from behind in the polls to win by 4 percent, earning just shy of 50 percent of the vote. The close election didn’t chasten Brownback. “We’re going to continue to do and push the things that we did,” he said. Big policy reforms that Brownback wants to pursue include overhauling the school finance formula and continuing to work on a 50-year water strategy for the state. – Phillip Brownlee