Gov. Brownback Scores Easy Victory In GOP Primary

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has won the state's Republican primary as expected, but the results suggest significant dissention within the GOP over his policies.

Officials in both parties were watching for signs of a protest. Winn is the owner of a Wichita-area property management firm, and her platform included legalizing marijuana.

They had agreed that a single challenge was likely to receive about 20 percent of the vote under any circumstances.

But Brownback is facing a tougher-than-expected race from Democratic challenger Paul Davis because of questions about whether massive personal income tax enacted at the governor's urging are boosting the economy as promised or wrecking the state's finances.

“Jill and I will bring Kansans of all political parties together to focus on commonsense solutions that strengthen Kansas businesses and schools while reducing taxes for Kansas families," said Davis, in a statement shortly after Brownback's victory was declared.

“This is a critical election for Kansas. Working together -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents -- we can restore the state we love,” he added

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