Kansas Attorney General election, 2010

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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


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The Kansas Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. In 2008, incumbent Stephen Six whad been appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to fill the term of Paul Morrison, who had resigned in the wake of a sex scandal.[1] He sought election to a full term in the 2010 general election.

Republican challenger Derek Schmidt overcame Democratic incumbent Stephen Six and Libertarian Dennis Hawver. Schmidt garnered 54.9 percent of the vote to Six's 41.9 percent and Hawver's 3.2 percent.

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Ballotpedia called the race as leaning Republican, while Governing magazine suggested it was a toss-up.

2010 Race Rankings for Kansas Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Republican
Governing[2] Toss-up
Overall Call Toss-up

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - State Senator Derek Schmidt
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Incumbent Stephen Six
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party - Private attorney Dennis Hawver

General election results

Kansas Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt 54.9% 458,497
     Democratic Steve Six 41.9% 349,340
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 3.2% 26,867
Total Votes 834,704
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State

Debate

September 23rd

On Thursday, September 23rd, the Wichita Crime Commission (WCC) hosted the first debate between all three candidates in the state attorney general contest at the Scotch and Sirloin Restaurant.

October 19th

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) sponsored the second debate between the two major party candidates in the race for state attorney general - Republican Derek Schmidt and Democratic incumbent Stephen Six - located at the Airport Hilton. Highlighted topics included immigration, teen tobacco use, texting while driving and women in the judiciary.

Endorsements

Stephen Six

Derek Schmidt

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

Survey USA 1st poll

Survey USA, a public opinion polls and private market research firm, under contract with a local news station in Kansas surveyed 882 registered voters about all the statewide races on the ballot in November; of these, 588 were deemed to be likely voters. The polling data shows Republicans maintaining double-digit leads in all contests, including for state attorney general. It should be noted, however, that Survey USA does not use live call center employees, but rather an automated system in which taped questions are asked via a professional announcer; the respondent is then invited to press a button on their phone or record a message indicating their selections.

Survey USA Poll - August 12 – 15, 2010[28]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Derek Schmidt (R) 54%
Stephen Six (D) 34%
Dennis Hawver (Libertarian) 7%
Undecided 5%
Total voters 588

Survey USA 2nd poll

Survey USA, a public opinion polls and private market research firm, under contract with a local news station in Kansas surveyed 602 likely voters about all the statewide races on the ballot this November. The polling data shows Republicans firmly holding leads in all contests, including for State Attorney General. However, at least for that campaign, the numbers also demonstrate a tightening race as Democratic incumbent Stephen Six gained seven percentage points from the last survey while Republican opponent Derek Schmidt lost four. It should be noted, however, that Survey USA does not use live call center employees, but rather an automated system in which taped questions are asked via a professional announcer; the respondent is then invited to press a button on their phone or record a message indicating their selections.

Survey USA Poll - September 12 – 15, 2010[29]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Derek Schmidt (R) 50%
Stephen Six (D) 41%
Dennis Hawver (Libertarian) 5%
Undecided 3%
Total voters 602

August 3, 2010 primaries

See also: Kansas gubernatorial election, 2010; Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

Finances

According to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, as of July 28, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Steve Six Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [31] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 22, 2010[32] July 26, 2010 $501,398.81 $235,039.41 $1,737.75 $0.00 $99,284.74 $637,153.48
January 1 - December 31, 2009[33] January 11, 2010 $187,736.29 $375,176.66 $3,308.81 $0.00 $61,514.14 $501,398.81

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[36]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Derek Schmidt 76.4%
     Republican Party Ralph DeZago 23.6%
Total Votes 273,104

Endorsements

Derek Schmidt

Finances

According to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, as of July 28, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Derek Schmidt Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [31] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - July 22, 2010[44] July 26, 2010 $110,797.55 $85,082.79 $3,965.05 $22,513.26 $90,564.66 $105,315.68
January 1 - December 31, 2009[45] January 11, 2010 $0.00 $137,643.72 $8,920.60 $0.00 $26,846.17 $110,797.55

See also

External links

Kansas

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Kansas City infoZine News, "Sebelius Names Judge Stephen N. Six Kansas Attorney General" 19 Jan. 2008
  2. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  3. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  4. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  5. The Hutchinson News, "Reno officials among KNEA's House picks" 1 July, 2010
  6. KOAM TV 7 "Kan. AG endorsed by public safety worker unions" 20 Sept. 2010
  7. Lawrence Journal-World & News, "Police group endorses attorney general for re-election" 18 June, 2010
  8. KTKA 49 News, "Police group endorses attorney general for re-election" 18 June, 2010
  9. KSNT "NRA endorses Attorney General Steve Six" 30 Sept. 2010
  10. Legal Newsline, "Governor, NRA pick Six in Kansas" 1 Oct. 2010
  11. 49 News, "Parkinson endorses fellow Democrat Steve Six for Kansas attorney general" 29 Sept. 2010
  12. The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Six gets Gov's endorsement" 29 Sept. 2010
  13. 13.0 13.1 State of the State, Kansas, "State Senator Derek Schmidt Endorsed By Ten GOP Leaders In Race Against Steve Six" 15 Sept. 2010
  14. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  15. Hutch News, "Former GOP rival backs Schmidt in AG's race" 24 Aug. 2010
  16. Kansas City Star, "De Zago endorses Schmidt in KS AG race" 24 Aug. 2010
  17. State of the State, Kansas, "Bob Dole Endorses Derek Schmidt In Race for Attorney General Against Steve Six" 5 Oct. 2010
  18. Morning Sun, "Bob Dole supports Derek Schmidt for AG" 5 Oct. 2010
  19. WIBW "Former Governor Backs Schmidt For AG" 22 Sept. 2010
  20. Leavenworth Times, "Former senator stops in Leavenworth to make endorsement" 31 Aug. 2010
  21. Kansas City Star, "Ex-Nebraska senator endorses Schmidt for AG" 31 Aug. 2010
  22. WIBW "Farm Bureau Back Schmidt For AG" 17 Sept. 2010
  23. Dodge City Daily Globe, "Endorsements galore" 21 Sept. 2010
  24. 24.0 24.1 WIBW "Schmidt Picks Up KHP Trooper Endorsement" 23 Sept. 2010
  25. State of the State, Kansas, "Derek Schmidt Wins Endorsement From Former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum In Race For Attorney General Against Steve Six" 9 Oct. 2010
  26. The Charleston Gazette, "Schmidt, Six get new Kan. AG race endorsements" 30 Sept. 2010
  27. Morning Sun, "Schmidt picks up Welch’s backing" 1 Oct. 2010
  28. KWCH - Channel 12 "Republicans hold solid lead in all statewide races" 17 Aug. 2010
  29. Survey USA "Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17081" 17 Sept. 2010
  30. Lawrence Journal-World & News, "Attorney General Six launches bid to retain his office" 3 June, 2010
  31. 31.0 31.1 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  32. Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission - Steve Six 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  33. Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission - Steve Six 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  34. WIBW-TV "Schmidt Declares For AG's Office" 16 Sept. 2009
  35. Salina Journal, "Dezago to run for Kansas Attorney General in 2010" 10 July, 2009
  36. Kansas Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  37. Sun Publications, "Our primary slate" 7 July, 2010
  38. The McPherson Sentinel, "Schmidt receives endorsement from Kansas Chamber of Commerce" 14 July, 2010
  39. WIBW "Schmidt Gets Nod From Kansas Chamber In AG Race" 14 July, 2010
  40. Kansas State Rifle Association - Primary Election Endorsements
  41. 41.0 41.1 Prairie Politics, "Senator Owens Endorses Schmidt" 22 July, 2010
  42. State of the State, Kansas, "Endorsements: NRA Endorses Brownback, Jenkins, Huelskamp, Yoder & Schmidt; KC Star Picks Moran, Schollenberger, Yoder & Moore; Kansas Farm Bureau Endorses Top Spots and Tancredo Un-Endorses Moran" 22 July, 2010
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 Topeka Capital-Journal, "GOP leaders endorse Schmidt" 29 Jan. 2010
  44. Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission - Derek Schmidt 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  45. Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission - Derek Schmidt 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary