In order for someone like Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis (in photo), D-Lawrence, to defeat Gov. Sam Brownback in next year’s gubernatorial race, he would need to get the support of moderate Republicans. A SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, indicated that Davis might have a shot. Of the self-identified moderates surveyed, only 28 percent said they would vote for Brownback if the election were today, while 58 percent picked Davis. Of the total 511 registered voters surveyed, 43 percent said they would vote for Davis and running mate Jill Docking; 39 percent favored Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Brownback trailed Davis in each racial category of voters, and the only geographic area where Brownback led Davis was western Kansas (53 to 30 percent). Brownback also led among voters with only a high school degree but trailed Davis among all other voters.
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