Kansas seen as state which could flip from red to blue in Governor's office

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Wichita, Kan. -- An article in 'The National Journal.com' incudes the state of Kansas among 15 governorships most likely to flip parties in power.

Governor Sam Brownback is seeking a second term. The republican incumbent is being challenged by the democratic ticket of Paul Davis, the minority leader in the state house and Jill Docking a Wichita businesswoman.

Friends University Political Science Professor Russell Fox says, "This is something people are talking about. And they'll talk more about it as the campaigns get up and going."

Fox says national political pundits are taking note of the Paul Davis campaign's ability to raise money.

Professor Fox says, "Certainly the amount of money that Davis and Docking have been able to raise suggests that it's not just democratic wallets that are opening up to them. It's republican wallets too."

Fox says democrats always have to attract enough republican voters to win the Kansas Governor's office.

He says the Davis-Docking ticket will have to appeal to moderate republicans who might be upset with Brownback for his backing of conservatives over moderates in the 2012 legislative elections.

"They know they can't win on the basis of democratic votes. But they could win on the basis of democratic votes plus moderate republican votes."

Still Fox thinks Davis has an uphill climb to unseat Brownback.

"I don't think it is likely that Sam Brownback will be defeated. And the primary reason why is, he's a republican. And more voters in Kansas identify themselves as republicans than identify themselves as democrats."

Fox says in the end party membership is the greatest indicator with how people are going to vote.

Still it won't likely keep national pundits from talking about a possible political upset this November in this race.


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