Jill Docking

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Jill Docking
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Jill Docking is a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kansas in the 2014 elections. She is sharing the ticket with state Rep. Paul Davis, who launched his campaign for governor on September 18, 2013, and selected Docking to be his running-mate one month later.[1]

Docking works as an investment adviser in Wichita. She is a former member of Kansas Board of Regents, serving from 2007-2010.[2] Aside from being married to former 1980's lieutenant governor Tom Docking, Docking's political background includes a 1996 bid for U.S. Senate, which pit her against current incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (R). She earned 43 percent of the vote, finishing behind Brownback, who won with nearly 54 percent.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Docking is running for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Kansas.[2] She is sharing the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial running-mate Paul Davis. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

First term Republican Governor Sam Brownback is seeking re-election in 2014; re-teaming with his 2010 running mate and current Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer for the campaign.

On June 2, the filing window for Republican and Democratic candidates pursuing a place on the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial ballot came to a close. One set of Republicans - led by landscape contractor Jennifer Winn - filed to take on the incumbent duo in the August 5 primary election. Meanwhile, Paul Davis, the state House Minority Leader, along with his running mate Jill Docking, were the only Democratic pair to enter the race, earning a free pass to the general election. Also joining the November lineup in advance of the primary election were Libertarian candidates Keen and Josh Umbehr. The father and son ticket knocked out a single set of opponents for their party's nomination at the Kansas Libertarian Party convention, which took place April 26, 2014.[4][5]

This contest is considered to be highly competitive; match-up polls and race ratings dating back to the fall of 2013 have continually underscored the legitimacy of Davis' threat to Brownback's chances of winning a second term in the 2014 general election. One of the first to declare Brownback's vulnerability was The Washington Post, which named Kansas as one of its top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014, citing Brownback's poor approval ratings as "well shy of 50%."[6] Indeed, Brownback's approval ratings had been hovering around 35% since January 2012.[7]

By July 2014, one month before the primary, Brownback's troubles crested when over 100 influential Republicans defected to Davis' side. The self-styled "Republicans for Kansas Values," comprised of GOP retirees and current officeholders, explained the unorthodox endorsement of Brownback's Democratic challenger was motivated by the governor's push for various steep cuts to education funding as well as tax cuts—resulting in a shortfall of $340 million in tax revenue for the 2014 fiscal year—despite fervent admonitions from the party's centrist contingent.[8] Rather than make it a partisan matter, the race "must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor," stated ex-state Senate president Dick Bond on behalf of the group.[9] Furthermore, the month of July brought the number of registered Republicans who say they would vote for Davis up to 29%, a five point increase from the previous month, according to successive SurveyUSA/KSN News polls, which also showed Brownback trailing Davis by six and eight points, respectively. A YouGov poll conducted contemporaneously over the internet was released soon thereafter and offered a starkly contrasting view of the race, giving Brownback a ten point lead over Davis, his biggest yet this cycle. Polling experts and representatives of each campaign commented on how the polls' differing methodologies can yield seemingly irreconcilable results. In this case, such disparities may cause many who follow the race to regard polls more skeptically as the election season progresses.[10]

Kansas is one of nine gubernatorial seats to be flagged as a toss-up or vulnerable for partisan switch in the 2014 cycle, based on polling data and projections courtesy of The Cook Political Report, FiveThirtyEight, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball and Governing, among others, current as of July 2014.[11][12][13]


Polls

Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)OtherWon't voteUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
CBS/NYT/YouGov (Without leaners)
(July 5-24, 2014)
47%37%3%3%2%+/--1,274
CBS/NYT/YouGov (With leaners)
(July 5-24, 2014)
52%40%3%3%2%+/--1,274
AVERAGES 49.5% 38.5% 3% 3% 2% +/-0 1,274
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)Keen Umbehr(L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
(June 19-23, 2014)
41%47%5%7%+/-3.11,068
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
(July 23, 2014)
40%48%5%7%+/-2.91,208
AVERAGES 40.5% 47.5% 5% 7% +/-3 1,138
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback/Jeff Coyler (R) Paul Davis/Jill Docking (D)Third PartyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA Poll
(October 23-24, 2013)
39%43%12%6%+/-4.4511
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

1996

On November 5, 1996, Sam Brownback (R) won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jill Docking (D) and Donald R. Klaassen (Reform) in the special election.[14]

U.S. Senate, Kansas, 1996
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Brownback 53.9% 574,021
     Democratic Jill Docking 43.3% 461,344
     Reform Donald R. Klaaseen 2.8% 29,351
Total Votes 1,064,716

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