Historic Kansas Republican Election Victory
Last night, the people of Kansas elected the largest number of Republican legislators in modern Kansas political history (since the adoption of one-man, one-vote districts in the last 1960s).
In the House, 92 Republicans were elected, equaling the "Clean Sweep" numbers of 2010 (some recounts pending). In the Senate, 32 Republicans were elected, exceeded the 31 elected in 2008.
The Kansas Democratic Party threw absolutely everything it had into target legislative races---with a victorious President, many experienced candidates, virtually all of their remaining treasury and a ruthlessly negative campaign even they had to apologize for [incidentally, the targets of their apology---Goodman and Scapa---lost].
This effort came on the heels of the historic Republican win of 2010, fierce Republican primary elections, and an extraordinarily aggressive legislative agenda - and it occurred in a cycle which saw the most abrupt and significant redrawing of Kansas legislative boundaries in history.
We have never ELECTED so many Republicans to the Legislature in one year.
Referendum on the Republican Agenda
The Democratic Party wanted to make this election a referendum on Governor Brownback's agenda and the Republican direction for Kansas -- and it was.
More important than the numbers elected, was that the result of this election demonstrates that Kansans have clearly re-affirmed their confidence in Republican Leadership.
Now, as we consolidate our dozens of new members and deliver on our commitment to smaller smarter government devoted to delivering basic services efficiently and effectively, and nurturing economic growth, we also look forward to the opportunities in the 2014 Election---the second Obama midterm, which is usually even tougher on a President's party than the first.
We will continue to build on our historic electoral successes, achievements in voter registration, and in party organization.
We will give Kansans the good government they deserve and continue our historic partnership with them to achieve unprecedented prosperity for Kansas and the Republican Party---the party of Kansas.
In 2014 we hope and expect to elect more Republicans to the Legislature than ever before...again...