UPDATE: Brownback scores easy victory in GOP primary

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has won the state's Republican primary as expected, but the results suggest significant dissention within the GOP over his policies.

Officials in both parties were watching for signs of a protest. Jennifer Winn is the owner of a Wichita-area property management firm, and her platform included legalizing marijuana.

They had agreed that a single challenge was likely to receive about 20 percent of the vote under any circumstances. Final unofficial numbers show Winn received 95,373 votes, or 37 percent.

But Brownback is facing a tougher-than-expected race from Democratic challenger Paul Davis because of questions about whether massive personal income tax enacted at the governor's urging are boosting the economy as promised or wrecking the state's finances.

Brownback told reporters at a Republican rally in Overland Park the race will come down to the fact that he's "a Reagan-style Republican," while Davis is "an Obama-style Democrat."

Winn hinted she might seek political office again. A Facebook post late Tuesday night said, "This is only the beginning and now we grow bigger and better...because there will be a next time."

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