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Kansas gubernatorial election, 2010

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In the Kansas gubernatorial election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican Sam Brownback defeated Democrat Tom Holland. Incumbent Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson, himself an appointee, chose not to run for a full term.

In the August 3, 2010 primary elections, Senator Tom Holland faced no opposition to take the Democratic nomination while Republican Sam Brownback beat token opposition in his primary to secure the GOP nod.

November 2, 2010 general election results

Results were certified as of November 29, 2010.[1]

Kansas Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Brownback 63.3% 530,760
     Democratic Tom Holland 32.2% 270,166
     Libertarian Andrew P. Gray 2.7% 22,460
     Reform Party Ken Cannon 1.8% 15,397
     Write-in Heath Charles Morris 0% 7
Total Votes 838,790
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Sam Brownback and running mate Jeff Colyer were sworn in at the state capitol on the morning of January 10, 2011. According to Brownback's Inaugural site, the days surrounding the actual Inauguration were set to be filled with statewide events as part of a "Hearts of Kansas" initiative.

Brownback and Colyer specifically encouraged Kansans to participate in volunteer work and community service at events organized over the Inaugural weekend.

The official Inaugural Ball was the night of Saturday, January 8, 2011. Immediately following the January 10th swearing-in, Governor and First Lady Brownback held an open house at the Governor's offices in Topeka.

The Inaugural Committee had four chairs representing each of the state's Congressional Districts:

  • for the 1st District, state Representative Pat George
  • for the 2nd District, Virginia Crossland Macha, an engineer by training and long-time political activist
  • for the 3rd District, Dan Thomas, DDS, MS
  • for the 4th District, campaign veteran Priscilla O’Shaughnessy

Transition team

Governor-elect Sam Brownback and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeff Colyer launched their transition site,, on November 4, 2010. Named to the transition team in a press conference the same day were nine well-known names in Kansas politics:

Wyandotte Co. Republican Chair Chiquita Coggs
State Senator Jay Emler
Former House Speaker Kent Glasscock
Former State Sen. Nick Jordan
State Rep. Lance Kinzer

Former Garden City Mayor Dennis Mesa
Former House Speaker Chief of Staff Sue Peterson
Wichita City Council Woman Sue Schlapp
Former State Rep. Kenny Wilk, Chair

On November 10, 2010 Governor-elect Brownback announced two additional members, former House Speaker Tim Shallenburger and Mark Dugan, a former staffer to Congressman Todd Tiahrt. Shallenburger will specifically focus on legislative liaison tasks.[2]

August 3, 2010 primary

The Kansas Democratic party had no primary for the governor's race as Tom Holland was unopposed.

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Sam Brownback (R) 82.0%
Joan Heffington (R) 18.0%
Total votes 316,738

Race ratings

See also: Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking

2010 Race Rankings Kansas
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[4] Solid Republican
Congressional Quarterly Politics[5] Likely Republican
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[6] Safe Republican
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[7] Solid GOP
The Rothenberg Political Report[8] Currently Safe Republican
Overall Call Republican


1. Cook Political Report changed race from "Likely Republican" to "Solid Republican" in September 30th ratings.



2010 Race for Kansas Governor - Rasmussen Reports
Date Reported Brownback Holland Other Don't Know
August 4, 2010 [9] 57% 34% 2% 6%
July 6, 2010 [10] 59% 31% 4% 5%
May 13, 2010[11] 58% 27% 7% 8%
April 15, 2010[12] 55% 33% 4% 8%
(Sample)[13] n=500 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05

Survey USA

2010 Race for Kansas Governor - Survey USA
Date Reported Brownback Holland Gray (L) Cannon (RP) Don't Know
October 10-12, 2010 [14] 60% 33% 3% 4% 2%
September 14-16, 2010 [15] 59% 32% 3% 4% 2%
August 12-15, 2010 [16] 67% 25% 3% 3% 2%


The November Ballot – Who Made It? Kansas Governor[17]
Nominee Affiliation
Tom Holland, with Kelly Kultala Democrat
Sam Brownback, with Jeff Colyer Republican
Andrew P. Gray, with Stacey Davis Libertarian
Kenneth (Ken) W. Cannon, with Daniel (Dan) J. Faubion Reform
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

The Secretary of State maintains a list of all certified candidates.[18]


  • Business owner and state Senator Tom Holland was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Declined and withdrawn candidates

  • Incumbent Gov. Mark Parkinson "repeatedly said" that he would not seek the post in the 2010 election.[19]
  • Pharmaceutical company executive Tom Wiggans dropped out of the contest in December 2009.[19]


  • U.S. Senator Sam Brownback raised more than $1.53 million for his gubernatorial race in 2009.[19]
  • Joan Heffington, a real estate agent and broker

Gubernatorial electoral history

1998 Gubernatorial Results[20]
Candidates Percentage
Bill Graves (R) 73.4%
Tom Sawyer (D) 22.6%
Kirt R. Poovey (TAX) 2.9%
Darrel King (REF) 1.0%
Total votes 742,656
2002 Gubernatorial Results[21]
Candidates Percentage
Katheleen Sibelius (D) 52.9%
Tim Shallenberger (R) 45.1%
Ted Pettitbone (REF) 1.1%
Ira Hawver (L) 1.0%
Total votes 835,692
2006 Gubernatorial Results[22]
Candidates Percentage
Kathleen Sibelius (D) 57.9%
Jim Barnett (R) 40.4%
Carl Kramer (L) 1.0%
Richard Ranzeu (REF) 0.6%
Total votes 949,696

Presidential electoral history

2000 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 58.0%
Al Gore (D) 37.2%
2004 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 62.0%
John Kerry (D) 36.6%
2008 Presidential Results[23]
Candidates Percentage
John McCain (R) 56.5%
Barack Obama (D) 41.6%

1992 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George H.W. Bush (R) 38.9%
Bill Clinton (D) 33.7%
1996 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
Bob Dole (R) 54.3%
Bill Clinton (D) 36.1%

External links

Candidate pages

See also


  1. Kansas Secretary of State, "2010 General Election: Official Vote Totals, November 29, 2010
  2. Brownback Transition, "Transition Team Announces Additions", November 10, 2010
  3. Kansas Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Official Election Results"
  4. The Cook Political, “Governors: Race Ratings”
  5. CQ Politics, “2010 Race Ratings: Governors”
  6. Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball', “2010 Governor Ratings”
  7. Rasmussen Reports', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”
  8. Rothenberg Political Report, “Governor Ratings”
  9. Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2010: Kansas Governor: Brownback (R) 57%, Holland (D) 34%", August 8, 2010
  10. Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2010: Kansas Governor: Brownback (R) 59%, Holland (D) 31%", July 6, 2010
  11. Rasmussen Reports, "Kansas Governor: Brownback 58%, Holland 27%", May 13, 2010
  12. Rasmussen Reports, "Colorado Governor: McInnis 48%, Hickenlooper 42%", April 15, 2010
  13. [More complete methodology and sampling tabs are available at]
  14. Survey USA, "Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17260", October 13, 2010
  15. Survey USA, "Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17081", September 17, 2010
  16. Survey USA, "Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #16951", August 16, 2010
  17. Kansas Secretary of State, “Candidates for the 2010 General (unofficial)”, accessed September 14, 2010
  18. Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2010 primary "official)", accessed July 6, 2010
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Kansas City Tribune, "Kansas governor hopeful collects $1.53 million", January 8, 2010
  20. Kansas Secretary of State, “1998 General Election Results“
  21. Kansas Secretary of State, “2002 General Election Results“
  22. Kansas Secretary of State, “2006 General Election Results“
  23. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections', accessed July 28, 2010