Our state’s turn in the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog series on state politics came Wednesday under the headline, “The End of a Kansas Tradition: Moderation.” It put the “near-fatal wound” that centrist Republicans were dealt in last month’s GOP primary in the context of a “two-decade drift to the political right” in the state, highlighting how once-Democratic Sedgwick County “has transformed into a good political bellwether, coming within 1 percentage point of the statewide vote in the last three elections.” The blog gave Mitt Romney a “100 percent chance of carrying the state” while noting a “a moderate Republican or Democratic comeback on the state level is possible” should the controlling conservatives overreach. It closed with a prediction from David Kensinger, formerly Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff: “You’re going to see durable conservative majority governing Kansas for the foreseeable future.”
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