August 4, 2010
A push to the primary is now a race to the finish line. The countdown to the 2010 vote in November has begun, and analysts say one race is already set to be a competitive one.
Not even 24 hours after Republican Mike Pompeo and Democrat Raj Goyle claimed victory in their primaries, the race is already heating up.
"Mike Pompeo spent a million and a half dollars over a summer of negativity, telling every moderate voter in the fourth district that they weren't welcome in his campaign. And so now the battle for the moderate majority of the fourth district is on," said Democratic Fourth District Congressional Candidate Raj Goyle.
"We have a President of the United States who made it politically incorrect to fly around in a Kansas-built airplane. And I've got an opponent who worked diligently to make sure that man was elected," said Republican Fourth District Congressional Candidate Mike Pompeo.
Political experts say it's already in line to be a competitive race.
"It will be an interesting race. I think you'll see a lot of dollars spent, this race will have a lot of national attention I believe, and it should be a good one," said political analyst Tim Brown.
Goyle says he's focusing on the economy, using fiscally conservative and socially moderate tactics.
"I'll stand up to this President when it's the right thing to do for Kansas. I don't care about party labels, the only thing that matters is whether or not it's right for Kansas," said Goyle.
Pompeo continues preaching the conservative values he spoke of leading up to the primary.
"The federal government has fundamentally lost its way. It has gotten too big and we've got to fix it," said Pompeo.
Analysts call both of the candidates intelligent, and good public speakers. They say the competition could spark some healthy debate if it sticks to the issues.
"The question is how big of a role will the negative campaigning have, and I hope it doesn't have too big of a role. But we can hope for things like that and it may or may not happen," said Brown.