County vote closely mirrors state
Five days before the general election, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was in Leavenworth on a campaign stop at High Noon Saloon, where she reminded voters of some Kansas history.
The governor said 1974 was the last time a Democrat was elected attorney general in the state. "I think we have every opportunity to break that historic record this year," she said.
The 1982 election, she noted, was the last time Kansas voters elected a Democratic governor to a second term. "I hope we're going to do that this year."
The 2nd Congressional District hadn't elected a Democrat since Jim Slattery in 1992. "We have every opportunity to elect a new congressperson from this district," Sebelius said.
On Election Day, Sebelius' wishes came true. Kansas voters elected her to a second term; they also swept Democrat Paul Morrison into the Attorney General's Office and sent Democrat Nancy Boyda to Congress in Kansas' 2nd District.
Leavenworth County voters sided with winners in two of those three marquee races on Tuesday.
Voters here backed Sebelius and Morrison but sided with Republican Jim Ryun in his re-election quest.
With all 43 of the county's precincts reporting, Sebelius had garnered 63 percent of the vote. Statewide, Sebelius outpolled Republican Jim Barnett with 58 percent of the vote.
In Leavenworth County, Ryun received 49 percent of the vote, edging Boyda by about 125 votes; across the district, Boyda received 51 percent of the vote to oust the five-term incumbent.
Morrison received 60 percent of the county's vote; statewide he defeated Republican incumbent Attorney General Phill Kline with 58 percent of the vote.
In other races statewide decided Tuesday:
¢ Incumbent Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh (R) defeated Democratic challenger David Haley with 64 percent of the vote.
¢ Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger (R) defeated Democratic challenger Bonnie Sharp with 64 percent of the vote.
¢ Incumbent State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) defeated Democratic challenger Larry Wilson with 65 percent of the vote.
In local legislative races, incumbents Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, and Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, ran unopposed.
In all, 45 percent of the county's 40,755 registered voters turned out to vote, Leavenworth County Clerk Linda Scheer reported. Statewide voter totals had not been determined, but the Secretary of State's Office estimated nearly 74 percent of Kansas registered voters participated in Tuesday's election.