McCain Expected to Carry Kansas; Dems Seek Strong Obama Showing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Both parties expect Republican John McCain to carry Kansas in this year's presidential election.

But Democrats hope a surge of new voters gives Barack Obama a better-than-usual showing.

Neither campaign had much visible presence in Kansas this fall because the GOP seemed to have a lock on its six electoral votes. No Democrat has carried Kansas since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

But Kansas Democrats believed Obama could capture more than 40 percent of the state's vote. The last Democrat to do that was Michael Dukakis in 1988.

They've been excited about Obama's chances since February, when he easily won the state's Democratic presidential caucuses.

Republicans are skeptical, however, given the state's GOP heritage.

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