Governor And Secretary Of State Races Heating Up

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Even thought the November 2014 elections are more than a year away, some of the big races in Kansas are already heating up.

Secretary of Sate Kris Kobach now appears to have opposition from someone who switched parties from Republican to Democrat.

Former state legislator Jean Schodorf just announced she intends to run against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach. She'll file for the race in early October.

Scodorf used to be a Republican herself. But she lost her seat in 2012 when members of her own party targeted her as too moderate.

Now she's switched parties. She along with Mission Hills businessman Randy Rolston will be in the Democratic primary for the right to take on the conservative Kobach.

Schodorf said it will be a tough race but she believes she offers an alternative to Kobach and his policies.

“I'm very worried about the state of the Secretary of State's office” Schodorf said. “We have a Secretary of State who runs around the country and is not attending to business and the people are suffering for it.”

Meanwhile Governor Sam Brownback, is raising money for re-election.

At a fund raiser in Wichita Wednesday morning Brownback said of Schodorf, “She's decided to cast her lot or change parties. Decided to go a different route. If that's her decision to do, then that's her choice.”

Brownback easily won his seat for governor last time. But the next election may be more of a race.

Brownback will likely face House Minority Leader Paul Davis who has the backing of former Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

But the Governor is running for re-election in a very red state.

So the game changer could be money. Brownback spent $2.5 million to win in 2010, four times what his democratic challenger spent.

If Paul Davis is to have any chance he'll have to raise at least half the money Kathleen Sebelius spent to win re-election in 2006. Nearly $6 million.

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