Daily Archives: July 29, 2010

New 4th District poll puts Pompeo in front with Schodorf mounting a late challenge

A new SurveyUSA poll in the Kansas 4th District Republican primary shows that GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo continues to lead with Sen. Jean Schodorf now in second place and rising.

On the Democratic side, Rep. Raj Goyle rebounded from a poor showing in an identical poll two weeks ago, and now holds a 3-1 lead over challenger Robert Tillman.

The poll commissioned by KWCH-TV and released today showed Pompeo with support from 31 percent of voters surveyed.

Schodorf came in at 24 percent, barely within the poll’s 3.5 percent plus-or-minus margin of error.

Businessman Wink Hartman stood at 23 percent, down from 31 percent two weeks ago.

Rounding out the field were small-business owner Jim Anderson, 13 percent and engineer and rancher Paij Rutschman, 2 percent.

Six percent were undecided.

“If Schodorf can motivate her base of more moderate, pro-choice Republicans to vote, Schodorf may ride her wave of momentum to victory when votes are counted (Tuesday),” said SurveyUSA’s polling memo. “The more conservative and pro-life the electorate, the more likely Pompeo will withstand Schodorf’s challenge.”

On the Democratic side, Goyle is now polling at 63 percent with Tillman at 19 percent and 18 percent undecided. That’s a reversal from two weeks ago when Tillman held a 40-36 lead.

“As the candidates now head into the final weekend of campaigning, Goyle appears to have sealed the deal,” SurveyUSA concluded.

Wichita aircraft leaders back Tiahrt

vote 2010 headerFive leaders in Wichita’s aircraft industry announced today their endorsement of U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate  in Kansas.

Bill Boisture of Hawker Beechcraft, David Coleal of Bombardier Learjet, Jack Pelton of Cessna, Jeff Turner of Spirit AeroSystems and Steve Wade of Boeing Wichita signed a letter that described Tiahrt as a “true advocate for the aerospace industry and jobs in our state.”

Tiahrt, whose 4th Congressional District includes Wichita, is battling Rep. Jerry Moran of Hays for the open seat. Tom Little, a Mound City accountant, is also a GOP candidate.

The primary election is Tuesday.

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association endorses Elizabeth Ensley for secretary of state

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association endorsed their first candidate ever on Thursday, picking Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley.

Ensley, a Republican, is running against J.R. Claeys, of Salina, and former Kansas GOP Chairman and law professor Kris Kobach in the Aug. 3 primary.

“We have worked with Libby for many years in the association and she has proven herself to be an engaged, innovative member of our organization,” said Linda Buttron, Jefferson County Clerk and current president of the association in the written announcement. “We believe she has the knowledge and ability to carry out the responsibilities and the duties of the office of Secretary of State.”

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis endorses Chris Biggs for Secretary of State

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – Citing Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs’ work experience and reputation, House Democratic Leader Paul Davis on Thursday urged voters to support Biggs in his election efforts.

Davis said he made the decision “primarily because of the great depth of experience he (Biggs) brings to the secretary of state’s office.”

Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, appointed Biggs to the office earlier this year after former Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, a Republican, left to take a job in the private sector.

Biggs is running against state Sen. Chris Steineger, of Kansas City, Kan., in the Aug. 3 primary. Advance voting started July 14 and satellite polling stations opened today in Sedgwick County.

Davis, who represents Lawrence, said Biggs would uphold the tradition of administering the office in a fair and impartial manner.

Davis also said the endorsement was not a criticism of Steineger’s record, but was based on Biggs’ experience.

The winner of the primary will face the Republican primary victor in November.