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Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

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Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Kansas State Senate2012 Kansas House Elections
Elections for the office of Kansas State Senate were held in Kansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 40 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 11, 2012. The date was originally set for June 1, but a delay in the redistricting process caused the state to push back the filing deadline.[1]. The primary election day was August 7, 2012.

The 2012 elections have gained national attention as conservative members of the Republican Party have vowed to defeat more moderate GOP legislators in an attempt to move the entire state to the right.[2].[3] Thus, the primaries in Kansas took on great importance as many elections will be decided prior to the general election.[4][5] Leading the movement for the conservative wing was current Gov. Sam Brownback, while former Gov. Bill Graves has worked to rally moderates.[6] Results from the August 7 primary election left a total of 9 incumbent senators - all Republicans - defeated. Eight of those defeated incumbents had been targeted by conservatives for being too moderate.[7]

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Kansas State Senate:

Kansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 9
     Republican Party 32 31
Total 40 40


Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Terrie Huntington Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
John Vratil Ends.png Republican Senate District 11
Mark Taddiken Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Ray Merrick Ends.png Republican Senate District 37
Map of Kansas Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 7 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

The Kansas Legislature is responsible for legislative, congressional, and state Board of Education redistricting. The House and Senate each appoint members to a committee to develop plans which are then presented to the respective chambers for consideration. Kansas redistricting is based on figures adjusted by the Secretary of State. These figures are adjusted for the student, prison, and military populations, using state survey data. Redistricting plans are subject to mandatory judicial review by the Kansas Supreme Court.[8][9]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas's population rose from 2.69 million to 2.85 million between 2000 and 2010, with most of the state's population clustered in the east (near Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence) and around Wichita.[10] Despite this overall growth of 6.1 percent, seventy-seven of Kansas's 105 counties experienced a decrease in population over the course of the decade. Most of the growth was in urban and suburban areas, and minority populations increased significantly.[11]

At the beginning of the redistricting process, observers suggested that only two senate seats would have to be shifted to account for population changes.[12] However, the legislature failed to produce maps by the legal deadline, so the map-making process went to the courts. The court-drawn map moved district lines more significantly than anticipated, creating four Senate districts with two incumbents and creating four open seats. Three of the new open seats are in rural districts, and one is in urbanizing Johnson County.[13]

In Kansas, there were seven state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The seven districts in Kansas were Districts 2, 3, 5, 13, 19, 25 and 28.

Targeted incumbents

See also: Kansas Game Changers

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee targeted eight Republican incumbents for defeat, donating $1,000 and making in-kind contributions to eight Republican challengers. It saw the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation.

Chamber Political Action Chairman Ivan Crossland stated, “Bloated state budgets, increased taxes and growing union and trial lawyer support are not the ingredients for private sector job creation. The candidates we have chosen to support are willing to do what it takes to turn things around in Kansas.”[14]

The eight targeted Republican incumbents were:

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Lukert: 14,982
Republican Party Dennis D. Pyle: 15,378 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marci Francisco: 21,843 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ronald B. Ellis: 11,996

District 3

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • Tom Holland Approveda - Incumbent Holland first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Holland: 16,678 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Anthony Brown: 14,658

District 4

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • David Haley Approveda - Incumbent Haley first assumed office in 2001.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Haley: 17,428 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Ward: 4,394

District 5

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • Kelly Kultala Approveda - Incumbent Kultala first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kelly Kultala: 12,040
Republican Party Steve Fitzgerald: 12,803 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pat Pettey: 11,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Steineger: 7,106

District 7

Note: Incumbent Terrie Huntington did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kyle B. Russell: 18,334
Republican Party Kay Wolf: 20,738 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lisa Johnston: 16,398
Republican Party Jim Denning: 19,484 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Julia Lynn Approveda - Incumbent Lynn first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Merlin D. Ring: 10,957
Republican Party Julia Lynn: 19,346 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark J. Greene: 13,900
Republican Party Mary Pilcher-Cook: 19,392 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: Incumbent John Vratil did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael F. Delaney: 13,985
Republican Party Jeff Melcher: 23,565 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Denise Cassells: 9,737
Republican Party Caryn Tyson: 18,720 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Garman: 10,805
Republican Party Jacob LaTurner: 16,621 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eden Fuson: 8,349
Republican Party Forrest Knox: 21,790 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Jeff King: 5,668 Approveda - Incumbent King first assumed office in 2011.
  • Dwayne Umbarger: 4,224 - Incumbent Umbarger first assumed office in 1996.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeff King: 21,401 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Ty Masterson Approveda - Incumbent Masterson first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ty Masterson: 23,354 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan K. Moran: 8,285
Republican Party Jeff Longbine: 12,831 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • Laura Kelly Approveda - Incumbent Kelly first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Laura Kelly: 14,813 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dick Barta: 13,833

District 19

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anthony Hensley: 16,543 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Casey W. Moore: 11,756

District 20

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry L. Crowder: 10,071
Republican Party Vicki L. Schmidt: 21,359 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Clarence Hinchey: 2,033

District 21

Note: Incumbent Mark Taddiken did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Juanita Roy: 15,441
Republican Party Greg Smith: 17,527 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Hawk: 12,851 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob Reader: 12,469

District 23

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Rob Olson Approveda - Incumbent Olson first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Wright: 11,098
Republican Party Rob Olson: 18,859 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Janice Norlin: 11,650
Republican Party Tom Arpke: 15,112 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Timothy L. Snow: 9,063
Republican Party Michael O'Donnell: 9,326 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Dave Thomas: 1,607

District 26

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dan Kerschen: 20,593 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Diana Cubbage: 10,922
Republican Party Leslie D. "Les" Donovan Sr.: 20,773 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Mike Petersen Approveda - Incumbent Petersen first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Keith Humphrey: 8,852
Republican Party Mike Petersen: 9,853 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Oletha Faust-Goudeau: 11,720 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kenya Cox: 5,570
Libertarian Party Carl Kramer: 1,120

District 30

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Susan Wagle Approveda - Incumbent Wagle first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patrick K. Cantwell: 10,527
Republican Party Susan Wagle: 16,700 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Carolyn McGinn: 24,183 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steve E. Abrams: 20,981 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mitch Holmes: 23,049 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Terry Bruce Approveda - Incumbent Bruce first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark R. Treaster: 10,711
Republican Party Terry Bruce: 16,007 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

Note: Bryant's name appears twice because he filed as a Republican for the primary election and as a Libertarian for the general election.[15]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jay Scott Emler: 21,063 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jesse Bryant: 6,381

District 36

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marquis Clark: 5,371
Republican Party Elaine Bowers: 26,051 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Note: Incumbent Ray Merrick did not seek re-election. Instead, he ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in District 27.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Pat Apple: 27,888 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Garrett Love Approveda - Incumbent Love first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Johnny Dunlap II: 4,033
Republican Party Garrett Love: 13,539 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Powell: 16,672 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Allen Clark Schmidt: 10,796
Republican Party Ralph Ostmeyer: 21,443 Green check mark transparent.png

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