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(01/31/06) -

Sebelius Favoured for New Term in Kansas

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Governor Kathleen Sebelius could earn a new term in Kansas, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 46 per cent of respondents in the Sunflower State would vote for the incumbent in head-to-head contests against two prospective Republican rivals.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Governor Kathleen Sebelius could earn a new term in Kansas, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 46 per cent of respondents in the Sunflower State would vote for the incumbent in head-to-head contests against two prospective Republican rivals.

Sebelius—a Democrat—has acted as Kansas’ governor since January 2003. The former state representative defeated Republican Tim Shallenburger in the 2002 election, with 53 per cent of all cast ballots.

Sebelius holds a 14-point advantage over former state House speaker Robin Jennison, and an 11-point lead over state senator Jim Barnett.

Earlier this month, Shawnee County judge David Bruns dismissed a lawsuit against Sebelius filed by state attorney general Phill Kline over state-funded abortions. Bruns concluded that federal law requires the state to pay for certain procedures under the Medicaid program, and that Sebelius and her administration could not be held accountable for the practice.

The next gubernatorial election in the Sunflower State is scheduled for Nov. 7. Since 1939, Kansas has had 12 Republican and five Democratic heads of government.

Polling Data

Election 2006 – Kansas Governor

Option 1

Kathleen Sebelius (D)

46%

Robin Jennison (R)

32%

Option 2

Kathleen Sebelius (D)

46%

Jim Barnett (R)

35%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 500 Kansas adults, conducted on Jan. 15, 2006. Margin of error is 4.5 per cent.