Health Care Law Could Be Impacting Kan. Vote

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, flanked by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., left, and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., gestures during a news conference on health care reform, Friday, July 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Working day and night, House Democrats advanced major health care legislation through two committees on Friday and struggled to line up the votes necessary to prevail in a third.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, flanked by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., left, and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., gestures during a news conference on health care reform, Friday, July 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Working day and night, House Democrats advanced major health care legislation through two committees on Friday and struggled to line up the votes necessary to prevail in a third.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Attempts by Kansas conservatives to tie moderate Republicans with President Barack Obama may be resonating with some voters.

The health care law championed by the president has been an issue in Republican primary races for the Kansas Senate because conservatives have suggested that moderate incumbents have not opposed it enough.

In Topeka Tuesday, Republican Kent Schneider, a 55-year-old retired state employee, said he voted for state Rep. Joe Patton against incumbent Sen. Vicky Schmidt mostly because he believes Patton is more opposed to what he called ``Obamacare.''

At another Topeka precinct, 23-year-old Derek Parrett, a casino supervisor, gave the same reasons for voting for Patton. He described Schmidt as too liberal.

Schmidt has used television ads to link herself with Republican icon Ronald Reagan.


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