Kansas Conservatives Seek Senate Control
Associated Press - Mon 08:32 AM 08/06/2012
Conservatives are backed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the anti-tax, small-government group Americans for Prosperity
Conservative Republicans hope Tuesday's primary in Kansas gives them control of the state Senate, where moderate GOP leaders have acted as the last serious check on the right's ambitions.
Conservatives are backed by the influential Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the anti-tax, small-government group Americans for Prosperity. Moderates are getting help from the state's largest teachers' union and some labor organizations traditionally aligned with Democrats.
Democrats also will choose nominees for Congress in two of the state's four districts, and there are contested primaries in two State Board of Education districts.
Sixty-three of 125 state House districts have contested races. But the most closely watched races are for the state Senate.
A dozen moderate GOP incumbents, including Senate President Steve Morris, of Hugoton, face challengers from the right.