TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is rallying Republican activists to promote what he says is the Kansas economic comeback after the state’s primary election showed significant dissent within the GOP.
“I’ve never really been to a rally like this before,” Republican Party supporter Carol Wilson said.
Brownback and other prominent Republicans had a short rally Wednesday morning at the state GOP’s headquarters in Topeka. He urged Republicans to get out and spread a message about how aggressive income tax cuts he engineered are boosting economic growth. He also said his campaign is focusing on what people want, more jobs.
“And we’re creating that in the state of Kansas by giving you back more of your money to invest,” Brownback said.
The governor faces a tougher-than-expected re-election race with Democrat Paul Davis because of questions about whether the tax cuts are boosting growth or undermining the state’s finances. Davis said Wednesday that people are worried about the governor’s policies. Davis plans to take advantage of the party split.
“You know I think that people recognize that this election is not really about political party’s its about who’s going to find the center and who’s a moderate,” Davis said.
Kansas First News’ political analyst Bob Beatty says expect a tough, combative fight to November.
“And what I think a lot of voters hope we see is debates, uh, discussions on the issues and not just TV commercial after TV commercial,” Beatty said.
Some are Republicans. In Tuesday’s primary, Jennifer Winn, the governor’s lesser-known and under-financed opponent, received nearly 37 percent of the vote.
The question is whether Republicans will be able to get the unity they need to win. Wilson says they have her vote.
“The health of the country, the health of the nation, the family is very, very important and I believe that’s what they stand for,” Wilson said.
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