Primary results shows possible Brownback vulnerability

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Wichita, Kan. -- Governor Sam Brownback's bid for re-election shows vulnerability after Tuesday's Kansas primary results.

The Governor picked up 164,319 votes, 63% of the total with his opponent Jennifer Winn getting 95,343, 37%.

Why that stands out to political watchers, like Friends University Political Science Professor Russell Fox, is because of what Jennifer Winn didn't have in the primary. "No political support, no political background, almost no political funding."

"Out of the tens of thousands of people who call themselves Republicans and came out to vote in support of Jennifer Winn were there just because they wanted to give Sam Brownback the finger or because they really care about legalizing pot."

Brownback's democratic opponents in November, Paul Davis and Jill Docking aren't political novices. Fox says those two could capitalize on the perceived softness in Brownback's support in his own party.

"Brownback's people really can't afford to lose any Republican voters."

He says it's always understood in Kansas that democrats have to pick up republican votes to win statewide races.

"And Davis and Docking know that if you can get enough of those republicans voting democrat they'll be able to win."

Fox says he's not suggesting Davis will defeat Brownback but says it's plausible because Winn got that many votes.


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