Kansas elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Kansas
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Kansas
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Kansas

The state of Kansas will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Kansas
Signature filing deadline for party candidates June 2, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election July 15, 2014Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent candidates for primary election August 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date August 5, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 14, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for write-in candidates for general election October 27, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Kansas in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Unscheduled electiond
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (1 measure) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Unscheduled electiond

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Races to watch in Kansas

State Executive Officials


See also: Kansas state executive official elections, 2014

The Kansas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Sam Brownback (R) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office. The race is considered to be very competitive, with early polls showing Democrat Paul Davis, the state House Minority Leader, with a small lead over the incumbent governor, Republican Sam Brownback. The Washington Post has also named Kansas as one of the top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014, declaring that "it's hard to ignore polls that show Gov. Sam Brownback's approval ratings well shy of 50%."[1] Brownback's approval ratings have hovered around 35% since January of 2012.[2]

Kansas State Legislature


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Kansas
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Kansas

See also: United States Senate elections in Kansas, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Kansas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 15, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[6]

See also: Kansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Pat Roberts (R). Roberts was first elected in 1996.

Candidates


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Declined to run

Race background


Early predictions for Pat Roberts' (R) run for re-election said that it was unlikely he would face a serious challenge in the general election in 2014.[16] He entered the campaign with $886,694 cash on hand, slightly more than he had at the outset of his 2008 campaign for re-election.[16]

If Roberts would have changed his mind about re-election, there was no shortage of potential Republican nominees, from both the congressional delegation and statewide offices.

In September 2013, reports circulated that Barack Obama’s second cousin once removed, Milton Wolf, was laying the groundwork for a potential Republican primary challenge against Pat Roberts.[17] Wolf gauged support and reportedly sent an email to GOP activists in August 2013 asking them to get in touch if they want more senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul before formally announcing his candidacy.[17][18] Roberts defeated Wolf in the Republican primary by roughly 7 percent.

Democratic primary winner Chad Taylor dropped out of the race on September 3, 2014. However, due to legal restrictions, the Kansas Secretary of State ordered his name to still appear on the ballot due to the face that he did not provide a reason that he would be unable to perform the job if elected, a requirement of Kansas law.[19] Taylor subsequently filed an appeal and the decision was overturned, thus removing him from the November ballot. Following the ruling, the Secretary of State said that Democrats were required to nominate a replacement candidate by September 26. Additionally, a lawsuit was filed by Democratic voter David Orel to force Democrats to nominate a replacement. However, the lawsuit was sent to a lower court. This will almost certainly delay the case until past the point where ballots are printed, effectively making it so no Democratic candidate appears on the ballot.[20][21]

Independent Greg Orman has surged in popularity in recent weeks. Chad Reeves, a Kansas Democratic operative, said "What most Democrats know is that Orman would be better than Pat Roberts, and we want Roberts out. We wanted to win, this is the year to win, and Chad Taylor couldn’t be that candidate."[22]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Kansas
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Kansas

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Kansas, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Kansas will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect four candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's four congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 15, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[6]

See also: Kansas elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds all of the four congressional seats from Kansas.

Members of the U.S. House from Kansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 Pending
     Republican Party 4 Pending
Total 4 4

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the four congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Tim Huelskamp Ends.png Republican 1
Lynn Jenkins Ends.png Republican 2
Kevin Yoder Ends.png Republican 3
Mike Pompeo Ends.png Republican 4

List of candidates by district


1st Congressional District

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrawn prior to primary

Potential candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Candidates

Declined to run

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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State executive official elections in Kansas

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See also: Kansas state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Kansas
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Six state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Kansas.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Kansas:

List of candidates by office

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Governor


Running mates listed together in order of "Governor/Lieutenant Governor"

General election

Republican Party Sam Brownback/Jeff Colyer- Incumbents[35][36]
Democratic Party Paul Davis/Jill Docking[37][38][39]
Libertarian Party Keen A. Umbehr/Josh Umbehr[40][41][42]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Jennifer Winn/Robin Lais[43][44]
Libertarian Party Tresa McAlhaney/Grant Nelson[45][46]

Lieutenant Governor


Lost in the Primary

Attorney General


General election

Secretary of State


General election

Republican Party Kris Kobach - Incumbent[52]
Democratic Party Jean Schodorf - Former Republican state Sen. representing District 25[53]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Scott Morgan - Former Lawrence School Board President, businessman, attorney[54][55]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Ron Estes
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2011 Yes[56] Republican Party Ron Estes
Democratic Party Carmen Alldritt
Pending
Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger
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2003 No[57] Republican Party Ken Selzer
Democratic Party Dennis Anderson
Pending


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State House elections in Kansas

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See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Kansas House of Representatives:

Kansas House of Representatives
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 32 Pending
     Republican Party 93 Pending
Total 125 125

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending until the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124District 125

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Kansas

See also: Kansas 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One statewide ballot questions has been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Kansas.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SCR 1618 Gambling Authorizes the legislature to permit charitable raffles or other forms of charitable gaming by certain nonprofit organizations



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Voting in Kansas

See also: Voting in Kansas

Important voting information

  • Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[3][4][5]
  • As of October 2014, Kansas is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Kansas, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Kansas is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting can begin as early as 20 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day.[58] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Kansas ranked 27th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Kansas received an overall score of 64 percent.[59]

See also

References

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  2. Kansas City Star, "Surveys find a hint of election vulnerability in Gov. Sam Brownback," October 29, 2013
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Kansas Secretary of State Website, "Registration & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Talking Points Memo, "Obama's Second Cousin To Challenge Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed October 9, 2013
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2014 Primary (official)," accessed June 2, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Chad Taylor 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 25, 2013
  10. Anchorage Daily News, "Kansas independent to run for US Senate," accessed June 3, 2014
  11. Miami Herald, "Kansas independent to run for US Senate," accessed June 5, 2014
  12. NY Times, "Sebelius Says She’s Not Interested in Senate Run," accessed April 21, 2014
  13. NY Times, "Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat," accessed April 16, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "Sebelius for Senate? It makes no sense.," accessed April 16, 2014
  15. Star Telegram, "Kansas candidate filing deadline passes," accessed June 3, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Huffington Post " Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 Politico, "Obama’s GOP cousin may primary Pat Roberts," accessed September 16, 2013
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  23. Alan LaPolice for Congress, "Home," accessed December 9, 2013
  24. Kent Roth for Kansas, "Home," accessed January 22, 2014
  25. CJ Online, "Former Manhattan mayor considers 1st District run," accessed February 4, 2014
  26. KSDP, "Margie Wakefield Biography - 2nd Congressional District," accessed November 20, 2013
  27. Chris Clemmons for Kansas, "Home," accessed December 9, 2013
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  29. Hutchinson Kansas News, "Congressional shake up not likely," accessed July 31, 2014
  30. 30.0 30.1 Kansas City Star, "Second Democrat to enter race for Congress in Kansas 3rd District," accessed January 22, 2014
  31. Kansas City Star, "Todd Tiahrt will run for his old seat in Congress," accessed May 31, 2014
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  33. The Wichita Eagle, "Democrat Perry Schuckman will run for Fourth District congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  34. Biz Journals, "Perry Schuckman says he’ll run for Kansas 4th Congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
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  36. Lawrence Journal-World, "Brownback running for re-election," June 21, 2013
  37. The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Davis launches Democratic campaign for Kansas governor," September 17, 2013
  38. Wichita Eagle, "Paul Davis forms committee for governor's race," August 8, 2013
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  40. Keen A. Umbehr for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 8, 2013
  41. Kansas First News, Alma lawyer seeks Libertarian nod for governor, August 29, 2013
  42. The Wichita Eagle, "Physician campaigning as Libertarian dad’s running mate in Kansas governor’s race," May 22, 2014
  43. Jennifer Winn for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidates List," accessed June 18, 2014
  45. Tresa McAlhane for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  46. Grant Nelson for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
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  48. Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidates List," accessed June 18, 2014
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  51. Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidates List," accessed June 18, 2014
  52. Kris Kobach for Secretary of State, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  53. Saline Journal, "Schodorf to run for secretary of state," September 25, 2013
  54. Scott Morgan for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 9, 2014
  55. The Wichita Eagle, "GOP’s Scott Morgan to take on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach," May 22, 2014
  56. Ron Estes for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  57. The Topeka Capitol-Journal, "Robust GOP primary likely for insurance commissioner," April 12, 2013
  58. Kansas Secretary of State Website, "Advance Voting," accessed December 19, 2013
  59. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014