In the unlikely event that Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback wins the presidency or, less unlikely, the vice presidency, his temporary successor would be named by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, and well-positioned to win the seat outright at the next election. If she chose a Democrat — herself, say — that would break the GOP’s 69-year hold on the state’s two Senate seats. That sounds to state Sen. Dennis Pyle (in photo), R-Hiawatha, like a scenario to be avoided. Under his proposed legislation, the governor would call a special election to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, as now happens in the case of House vacancies. Pyle said that the change would bring “uniformity to both situations.” But it no doubt would bring peace of mind to Republicans, too.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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