The clock just struck midnight, and it looks like all votes are in from precincts in the Kansas City-metropolitan area in the Kansas Republican primary elections.
Education was one of the most important issues in these races, which tended to feature a moderate pitted against one or more conservatives. Almost all of the moderates favored more funding for public education, while the conservatives tended to think the schools have enough money and could probably get by on even less.
Although race results are still unofficial, it looks like the conservatives won overwhelmingly.
Last spring, the state senators were the voice of reason, standing up to Governor Sam Brownback’s proposal for steep tax cuts that would adversely affect education. And generally Republicans in the metro area are a bit more liberal than those in the rest of the state. However, last night conservative Republican senatorial candidates prevailed, even in the metro area.
The (unofficial) final score: Conservatives 15, Moderates 5.
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