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Kansas Primary Update

Yesterday's primary election in Kansas was largely portrayed as a fight between evolution and creationism, as several moderate Republicans sought to oust conservative members of the state school board who last year voted to require the teacing of intelligent design theory in the classroom.

After the votes were counted, it appears that pro-evolution forces won enough races to ensure a narrow majority on the 10-member board. The Lawrence (Ks.) Journal-World reported: "Darwin won. Moderate Kansas State Board of Education candidates pulled off a victory Tuesday, gathering enough might to topple the board's 6-4 conservative majority. A victory by incumbent Janet Waugh, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Lawrence, and wins by Republican moderates in two districts previously represented by conservatives left the tables turned heading into the Nov. 7 general election."

Elsewhere on the primary ballot, Republicans picked state Sen. Jim Barnett to challenge Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) in the general election. And in the 3rd congressional district, Republican Chuck Ahner will take on Rep. Dennis Moore (D).

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 2, 2006; 8:02 AM ET
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The most outspoken of the Conservatives on the KS Board of Ed, John Bacon was successful in his primary. He does face D opposition in November.

There was also historically low voter turnout in this primary -- most likely an unfortunate indication that most view Gov. Sebelius' reelection as a given.

Posted by: KS Tres | August 3, 2006 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"Now maybe we can get religion out of our public schools and governmental policices"

A little-publicized recent incursion of the American Taliban forces into our national government is the Rep. Goodlatte internet gambling prohibition bill. Passed in the house, I hear Bill Frist (who needs to cozy back up the fundies after his stem-cell about face) is making noise about a Senate version.

America, we must not let this country go the way of the Islamic fundamentalist societies. Let modernity reign, please.

Posted by: B2O | August 2, 2006 2:07 PM | Report abuse

ahhh wonderful rationality prevails. Now maybe we can get religion out of our public schools and governmental policices and put it back where it belongs, private schools, church and our daily lives

Posted by: Rob Millette | August 2, 2006 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm so proud of Kansas. They finally joined the 19th century. Any decade now they will be knocking on the door of our own, and abandoning the mental albatross of GOP loyalty.

Posted by: B2O | August 2, 2006 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed and proud. Been a while since I said that in the context of U.S. politics.

Posted by: J. Crozier | August 2, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I just saw an AP article on the Kansas election accompanied by a picture of a voter standing in front of a computer voting machine.

Which caused me to wonder, "What's Diebold's position on Evolution vs. Creationism?"

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 2, 2006 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Rationality prevails!!!! Hooray for the Kansas Republican voters who voted the yahoos out. I am a practising Christian (choir member even) who believes that science should be taught in science classes. Not every Christian believes in a literal interpretation of the bible.

Posted by: JimD in FL | August 2, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Yay! Science and reason AND religion have won out over intolerance! Anybody who isn't so intractably wed to the idea that Adam and Eve must've really existed knows that there is nothing in evolution that countermands the bible, or even God. Perhaps evolution is God's creation. Perhaps 6 days to God is 4 billion years. Just because we've figured out the theory of evolution doesn't mean we've figured out how God works. Creationism isn't an alternate theory, it's the first wave in an attempt to subvert science and make it stick to a rigid version of christianity adopted from the King James bible and 'perfected' in the late 1800s.

Posted by: Will | August 2, 2006 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Tennessee Primary

US Senate
Democratic Congressman Harold Ford has minor opposition in tomorrows contest, with Gary Gene Davis, Charles E. Smith and Alvin Strauss vying from a distance. The real contest is on the Republican side.

Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker appears to have the edge both in terms of money and polling, over former congressmen Ed Bryant and William "Van" Hilleary as well as unknown Tate Harrison. Corker had raised $6.6 M and $1.1 M in the last quarter before infusing his warchest with $1.7 M of his own money. Bryant and Hilleary reported less than $500,000 each in the last quarter and trailed with about $2.2 M each in total fundraising. Corker's personal cash triggers the "millionaires amendment" which raises the contribution limits for the other two candidates from $2,100 (contributions for the primary and general election are seperate) to over $12,000 and may allow them to transfer funds reserved for the general election into the primary. Ford outraised all candidates over the last quarter with $1.8 M.

A Survey USA poll on July 24 had Corker leading with 49% to Bryant's 29% and Hilleary polling at just 15%. This follows a Mason Dixon poll on July 23 with Corker at 39% and Bryant and Hilleary trailing with 23% and 22% respectively. A University of Tennessee poll of the Republican Primary released on July 20 had contenders in the same order, with Corker at 37% trailed by Bryant 26% and Hilleary at 15%.

Corker is also generally faring better in match-ups against Ford, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

In head-to-head match-ups, Rasmussen's July 16 poll had Corker with a double digit lead over Ford (49% - 37%), while Bryant and Hilleary had slim leads within the margin of error (44%-41% and 44% - 40% respectively).

Mason Dixon showed Corker with a similar 49% - 37% lead over Ford on July 23.

July 20th's U of Tenn poll had a closer race, with Corker holding a smaller 42%-35% advantage, but Ford showing stronger results against the other GOP contenders. He was in statistical deadlocks with Bryant (37%-36%) and Hilleary (37%-38%).

GOVERNOR
In the race for Governor, incumbant Phil Bredesen faces token opposition as well and holds a 57% approval rating in the July Survey USA tracking poll. Other candidates include perennial John Jay Hooker, Tim Sevier and Walt Ward.

Again, the real race is the Republican primary, where Mark Albertini has run into serious problems stemming from an arrest on July 20th for public drunkenness to which he has pled no contest. A 9mm handgun and a bottle of wine were found in his car. Reports circulating from the Volunteer state indicate that the state party has asked that he withdraw from the race, clearing the way for State Senator Jim Bryson, who is the leading candidate despite filling two days before the deadline, but with over $526,000 in the bank. Other candidates include Wayne Bailey, David Farmer, Joe Kirkpatrick, Tim Thomas and Wayne Young. Albertini is said to be reconsidering his bid.

NOTE: Both the US Senate and Gubernatorial race will have up to 6 independent, third party and write-in candidates on the ballot in November.

Posted by: RMill | August 2, 2006 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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