GOP Activists Upbeat About Re-Election

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Republican activists are sounding mostly upbeat notes about his chances for re-election during the state GOP's biggest annual meeting.

Hundreds of Republicans gathered Saturday in Wichita for the second and final day of a statewide convention that both celebrated the party's traditional strength in Kansas politics and prepared the party for this year's elections.

In seeking re-election, Brownback is facing a spirited challenge from Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis.

Davis raised $1 million for his campaign in less than five months last year. Brownback raised $1.1 million during the year, and his campaign received a $500,000 loan from running mate Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

But several activists and leaders said they think Brownback isn't in serious trouble because of the state's conservative leanings.