Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, likely made a shrewd move in picking Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, as his running mate. Winning the GOP primary often requires attracting conservative voters, and Wagle is a leading conservative in the Statehouse. If he wins the GOP nomination, however, Barnett will then have to convince moderate Republicans that he’s not too conservative; otherwise they may jump parties as they did in 2002, when they helped elect Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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