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Kansas will have an election oddity this year

Miranda Allan
Miranda Allan Wichita Eagle

The November general election will be the first time in Kansas since 1936 that two independent candidates will be running for Congress, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Miranda Allen is running in District 4, which includes Wichita, and Alan LaPolice is on the ballot in District 1. Qualifying to run for Congress as an independent required a petition and signatures of 5,000 qualified voters in the district – no simple task. Winning as an independent can be an even bigger hurdle. It has been 142 years since an independent candidate for U.S. House garnered even 10 percent of vote, the Capital-Journal reported. However, independent candidate Greg Orman received 42.5 percent of the vote when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2014. – Phillip Brownlee