Sam Brownback, the two term US Senator from Kansas wins the GOP nomination in the Kansas Gubernatorial race tonight over Joan Heffington. Brownback will face in the gubernatorial election in November Democrat Tom Holland who ran unopposed in the Democrat primary. In the most recent Rasmussen poll,Sam Brownback has a 28%lead over Holland in the governors race for Kansas. The winner will replace current Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson assumed the office after Kathleen Sebelius resigned last year to become secretary of Health and Human Services.
In Kansas, Brownback easily won the GOP gubernatorial nomination over a single opponent and already was considered the front-runner for the general election. State Sen. Tom Holland is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. They will square off to succeed Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson, who was finishing out the remainder of Kathleen Sebelius’ term. She left office last year to become President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary.
The GOP primary for Brownback’s Senate seat featured Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, and two others facing off for the Republican nod; five Democrats were seeking the Democratic nomination. Victory in the GOP primary was tantamount to getting elected. Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.
The Kansas Governors race will be called 5 minutes after the polls close election eve in November 2010 … Kansas will be a GOP gubernatorial pick up.