One reason Missouri is watched so keenly in presidential election years is because it has picked the winner in every election in the past century but one (1956, when it didnâ€™t like Ike as much as Adlai Stevenson). Not so Kansas, where votersâ€™ Republican leanings have put the state in the losersâ€™ circle on election night seven times since 1900 (most recently when it went with favorite son Bob Dole in 1996). With winner Barack Obama driving huge turnout in the Feb. 5 Kansas caucuses and long shot Mike Huckabee sweeping the state in the Feb. 9 GOP caucuses, there suddenly is some suspense as to which color Kansas will be, red or blue, on the TV maps on Nov. 4. Or is there?
The six other times since 1900 when Kansas preferred to be Republican rather than right, by the way: 1992, 1976, 1960, 1948, 1944 and 1940.