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Conservatives in Strong Position Before Kansas Senate Primary Elections

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Some moderate Republican challengers are hoping to replace conservative Republican incumbents in the Kansas Legislature after Tuesday's primary election.

There could be a shift in the ideological makeup of the Kansas House if enough moderate Republicans pick up seats, according to the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. But Clay Barker says it’s likely the conservative wing of the party will hold onto power in the Senate.

“The number of senators that you’d characterize roughly as conservative Republicans is so high I don’t think there’s a reasonable chance that the primaries could flip that,” says Barker.
Barker says the conservative/moderate split in the Republican Party may be overplayed in some cases, because there are a lot of issues where most all Republicans will agree.

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