Monday, July 20, 2009
Congressman Jerry Moran's huge lead in campaign cash gives him a big advantage over Congressman Todd Tiahrt in their Republican primary race for the Senate.
But Tiahrt has stronger bonds with the social conservatives who are likely to have significant influence in the August 2010 election. That gives Tiahrt an important asset in a campaign naturally tilting to the right.
Democrats have no declared candidate and don't seem likely for now to find one who'll offer a real threat to the GOP nominee, whether it's Moran or Tiahrt. Republicans won't have to worry as much about alienating too many of their party's moderates.
Moran and Tiahrt are seeking the seat now held by Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican who is running for governor.