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Kansas gubernatorial election, 2014

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Kansas Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Sam Brownback Republican Party
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Kansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner

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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.

Kansas has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Kansas, however, Independent voters may choose to vote in the Democratic primary.

The race is considered to be highly 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 its 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]

Candidates

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.

Republican Party Jeff Colyer (Brownback's Lt. Gov. running mate) - Incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, former state Representative from 2007-2009 and state Senator from 2009-2011.[4]
Republican Party Ethan McCord (Winn's Lt. Gov. running mate)[6]
Democratic Party Jill Docking (Davis' Lt. Gov. running mate) - Witchita investment adviser, former member of Kansas Board of Regents[9]
Libertarian Party Grant Nelson (McAlhaney's Lt. Gov. running mate)[11]

Polls

A KWCH poll commissioned in October 2013, a little more than a year before the election, showed Davis beating Brownback by four percentage points.[14] Furthermore, the poll found a third of Republicans defecting to Davis, who holds a 58%-28% advantage with moderates.

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sam
Brownback (R)
Paul
Davis (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 18-20, 2014 693 ± 3.7% 40% 42% - 18%
SurveyUSA October 23–24, 2013 511 ± 4.4% 39% 43% 12% 6%

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