Though none of the Kansans in Congress faces a primary challenge this year, Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, each will face Democratic and Libertarian opponents in November. After the first quarter, Pompeo had $884,000 in campaign funds, compared with Jenkins’ nearly $1.1 million. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, had $420,100 as of March but drew no challenger at all this year. “It wasn’t for lack of trying,” Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman Joan Wagnon told the Garden City Telegram, noting one Democrat opted not to run after getting a job promotion and she talked to six others who were discouraged by the short time frame. Meanwhile, “Breaking news. We can project Kevin Yoder the winner in the 2012 Kansas 3rd District House race,” declared Kansas City Star columnist Dave Helling, suggesting the Overland Park Republican “can now stand on his $1 million campaign fund to re-measure the drapes in his Washington office.” Yoder (in photo) does face Libertarian and Reform Party challengers in November, but “it’s hard to imagine either has a prayer,” Helling wrote.
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