In further evidence of the split between Republican moderates and conservatives, six moderate GOP state senators – including Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita – have endorsed Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “Hensley has reached across the aisle to work with Republican leadership on a number of serious issues,” said Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood. “Good policy has always trumped partisanship in his eyes.” But the infighting doesn’t seem to be hurting the Republican Party. As of the first of this month, 782,161 Kansans were registered as Republicans, while 439,639 were registered as Democrats. The difference of 342,522 is a new record high. “The rising GOP numbers trash the idea that all the infighting between moderates and conservatives has undermined party prospects,” Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske wrote. “Just the opposite appears to be happening.”
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