OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – It was an election night to remember and to celebrate for Kansas Republicans in Overland Park.
Governor Sam Brownback and long-term Senator Pat Roberts, both incumbents, winning their primary election.
“Thank you for your support. God bless you all, and let’s move forward to victory in November!” said Brownback.
Brownback’s race was one of the first big races called.
Brownback claimed more than 60 percent of the vote.
Jennifer Winn had almost 40 percent of the vote.
His primary victory was to be expected.
The governor spent the night campaigning against his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis.
He will face him in November.
“The focus this fall is I’m a Reagan-style Republican, and my opponent, Paul Davis is an Obama-style Democrat.”
In the primary race for senator, it was different story. The race was too close to call for much of the night against challenger Doctor Milton Wolf.
It ended, however, with similar celebration.
“Thank you. Each and every one of you. God bless you. God bless our great nation. Thank you,” said Senator Roberts.
The long-term senator defended criticism that he’s a so-called “Washington politician.”
“When I work hard in Washington, I’m in Washington. When I’m in Kansas, I work hard in Kansas,” said Roberts.
Both men Tuesday night targeted the Obama administration as their primary opponent. They are aiming to quote “clean up the mess” President Barack Obama has made in Washington and at home.
“President Obama continues to press his liberal agenda, more taxes, more government regulation, more control over everyday lives and pocketbooks,” said Roberts.
“The Obama direction that the country’s going of higher taxes, weaker national defense, and people are upset in the nation about what way the president’s taking this country,” said Brownback.
Brownback’s Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, addressed supporters in downtown Topeka.
“We know that we’ve got a lot of Republican supporters, and we’re going to continue to build upon that, and I think people recognize that this election is not really about political parties, it’s about who’s going to find the center and who’s going to be able to bring Democrats and Republicans together.”
Davis’ running mate, Jill Docking, was in Wichita to greet supporters.