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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:

On the 2014 ballot
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2014 elections

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 consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 1, 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
1.3 Issues

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

Candidates

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. 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.

Race background

Early predictions for Pat Roberts' (R) run for re-election said that it is not likely he will face a serious challenge in the general election in 2014.[8] 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.[8] One possible primary challenge is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who garnered national attention for filing lawsuits over illegal immigration throughout the country.[9]

If Roberts changes his mind about re-election, there is 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.[10]

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.[10][9]

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Pat Roberts voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[12]

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

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. 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.

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 April 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

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. 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.

1st Congressional District

Potential candidates

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

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


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.[23]
Republican Party Ethan McCord (Winn's Lt. Gov. running mate)[25]
Democratic Party Jill Docking (Davis' Lt. Gov. running mate) - Witchita investment adviser, former member of Kansas Board of Regents[28]
Libertarian Party Grant Nelson (McAlhaney's Lt. Gov. running mate)[30]

Lieutenant Governor


Attorney General


Secretary of State


Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Ron Estes
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2011 Yes[38]
Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger
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2003 No[39]


State House elections in Kansas

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See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Kansas
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 1, 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 April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 33 Pending
     Republican Party 92 Pending
Total 125 125

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once 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

No statewide ballot questions have been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Kansas.

Potential measures

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Term Limits Amendment Term limits Addresses term limits of state legislators

Voting in Kansas

See also: Voting in Kansas
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Important voting information

  • Kansas has a mixed primary system. In the Democratic caucus, Independent voters can register as Democrats on caucus day. For Republicans it is a closed caucus.
  • As of April 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 33 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.[40] 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 2010 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%.[41]

See also

References

  1. Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014," November 15, 2013
  2. Kansas City Star, "Surveys find a hint of election vulnerability in Gov. Sam Brownback," October 29, 2013
  3. Federal Election Commission "Chad Taylor 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 25, 2013
  4. Talking Points Memo, "Obama's Second Cousin To Challenge Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed October 9, 2013
  5. Hutch News, "Political David versus Goliath," accessed September 24, 2013
  6. The Green Papers, "Kansas Senate," accessed September 24, 2013
  7. Scott Barnhart 2014, "Main," accessed September 24, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Huffington Post " Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Roll Call "At the races: Inside the 2014 Senate races" accessed February 25, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "Obama’s GOP cousin may primary Pat Roberts," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Alan LaPolice for Congress, "Home," accessed December 9, 2013
  14. Kent Roth for Kansas, "Home," accessed January 22, 2014
  15. CJ Online, "Former Manhattan mayor considers 1st District run," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. ADN.com, "Kan. lawmaker to challenge Jenkins in primary," accessed January 25, 2014
  17. KSDP, "Margie Wakefield Biography - 2nd Congressional District," accessed November 20, 2013
  18. Chris Clemmons for Kansas, "Home," accessed December 9, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kansas City Star, "Second Democrat to enter race for Congress in Kansas 3rd District," accessed January 22, 2014
  20. The Wichita Eagle, "Democrat Perry Schuckman will run for Fourth District congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  21. Biz Journals, "Perry Schuckman says he’ll run for Kansas 4th Congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  22. Lawrence Journal-World, "Brownback running for re-election," June 21, 2013
  23. Lawrence Journal-World, "Brownback running for re-election," June 21, 2013
  24. Jennifer Winn for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 18, 2014
  25. Jennifer Winn for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Lieutenant Governor," accessed February 18, 2014
  26. The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Davis launches Democratic campaign for Kansas governor," September 17, 2013
  27. Wichita Eagle, "Paul Davis forms committee for governor's race," August 8, 2013
  28. Kentucky.com, "Davis teams with Docking in Kansas governor's race," October 22, 2013
  29. Tresa McAlhane for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  30. Grant Nelson for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  31. Keen A. Umbehr for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 8, 2013
  32. Kansas First News, Alma lawyer seeks Libertarian nod for governor, August 29, 2013
  33. Kentucky.com, "Davis teams with Docking in Kansas governor's race," October 22, 2013
  34. Grant Nelson for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  35. Kris Kobach for Secretary of State, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  36. Saline Journal, "Schodorf to run for secretary of state," September 25, 2013
  37. Randy Rolston for Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  38. Ron Estes for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  39. The Topeka Capitol-Journal, "Robust GOP primary likely for insurance commissioner," April 12, 2013
  40. Kansas Secretary of State Website, "Advance Voting," accessed December 19, 2013
  41. Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report