Kansas Republicans hope to lead national GOP charge

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A gala affair capped off what Kansas Republicans consider a successful state convention and kicked off what the party hopes will be a successful election year.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told Kansas GOP members Saturday night the party must become known as the Great Opportunity Party in order for its messages to resonate with a majority of American voters.

"I consider us the Great Opportunity Party because it's been conservative principles that have shown me the way out of abject poverty and into the promised land," Scott said.

Scott said education must lead the charge.

"If you're interested in my kid, you're interested in me," Scott said. "Our party does that better than any other party in the country."

In Kansas, the GOP will be focused on maintaining its majorities in the state House and Senate and fending of a Democratic challenger for Governor. Party leaders say they will travel the state, making sure Republican candidates and the party's platform are in-tune with Kansas voters.

"What do they want to see in it? What is important to the Republican Party that we need to share with constituents, with voters and why they should be Republicans?" asked Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold.

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said, under the leadership of Governor Sam Brownback, she is confident that, in the Sunflower State, 2014 will be another year of the GOP.

"He wants to grow the economy. He wants to create jobs," she said. "He wants to bring prosperity back to our communities and to our families. And you know what? We're standing right behind him and we're doing what he asks."

Though much of the tone at the convention was party unity. Some Kansas Republicans face primary challenges in August.

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