State Rep. Brenda Landwehr’s (left) decision to challenge state Sen. Jean Schodorf (right) sets up a defining 2012 contest not only within the Wichita delegation but for the Kansas Senate, which proved a moderating check last spring on the sharply conservative will of the House and Gov. Sam Brownback. Schodorf is one of at least half a dozen moderate Republican senators, including Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton and Senate Vice President John Vratil of Leawood, facing conservative foes next year. The Schodorf-Landwehr race could come down to how the spring redistricting shakes out and then which Republicans turn out Aug. 7 — with photo ID in hand, of course.
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