United States Senate election in Kansas, 2008


United States Senate election in Kansas, 2008

Incumbent Senator Pat Roberts has announced he will seek re-election. This seat is not considered competitive.

The state of Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1932. Kansas's other Republican Senator Sam Brownback has announced that he is retiring due to "self-imposed term limits," which means whoever wins this seat will become the Senior Senator from Kansas in 2011.

Kansas is considered one of the more Republican states in the U.S. The last time its electors went to a Democrat was the Presidential Election of 1964, when Lyndon Johnson carried the state over Barry Goldwater. "CQ Politics" rates this race as 'Republican Favored'. [ [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-senate Race Ratings Chart: Senate] "CQ Politics"] "The Cook Political Report" considers it 'Solid Republican'. [ [http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/senate/raceratings_2008-10-09_12-20-35.php 2008 Senate Race Ratings] "The Cook Political Report", October 9, 2008] "The Rothenberg Political Report" considers it a 'Safe Republican'. [ [http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.blogspot.com/2008/09/2008-senate-ratings_29.html 2008 Senate Ratings] "The Rothenberg Political Report", September 29, 2008]

Candidates

Republican Party

*Incumbent Senator Pat Roberts

Democratic Party

*Former Congressman Jim Slattery [ [http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/seeing-big-gains-gleeful-schumer-might-stay-on-2008-03-18.html Seeing big gains, gleeful Schumer might stay on] Aaron Blake. "The Hill." March 18, 2007.]

Lost Primary

*Lee Jones [http://www.dscc.org/news_item?news_item_KEY=4082 DSCC U.S. Senate candidate Jones criticizes Roberts] ] - 2004 Democratic Nominee - railroad engineer [http://www.leejones.com Lee Jones US Senate Campaign website]

Libertarian Party

*Randall Hodgkinson - Topeka attorney first-time candidate

Reform Party

*Joseph L. Martin - 2006 Secretary of State nominee

Opinion polling

Approval Rating

*Pat Roberts's Approval rating(s)

Election Results

Democratic Primary

Unofficial results [http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2008/by_state/KS_US_Senate_0805.html?SITE=KSNEW&SECTION=POLITICS] :Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Jim Slattery
votes = 67,168
percentage = 69.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Lee Jones
votes = 30,242
percentage = 31.0
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Election box turnout
votes = 97,410
percentage =
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General Election

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Pat Roberts
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Jim Slattery
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Libertarian Party (United States)
candidate = Randall Hodgkinson
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Reform Party (United States)
candidate = Joseph L. Martin
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References

External links

* [http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections.html Elections & Legislative] from the "Kansas Secretary of State"
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_congress_state.php?state_id=KS&go33.x=6&go33.y=8 U.S. Congress candidates for Kansas] at Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=senate-KS Kansas, U.S. Senate] CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=294959 Kansas U.S. Senate] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.2008racetracker.com/page/KS-Sen Kansas U.S. Senate race] from "2008 Race Tracker"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=KSS1&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/08-KS-Sen-GE-RvS.php Roberts (R-i) vs Slattery (D)] graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
*"Official campaign websites"
** [http://www.robertsforsenate.com/ Pat Roberts for US Senate]
** [http://www.leejones.com/ Lee Jones for US Senate]
** [http://www.slatteryforsenate.com/ Jim Slattery for US Senate]
** [http://www.randallforsenate.org/ Randall Hodgkinson for US Senate]


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