Brownback doesn't see Kansas votes aimed at him

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says a sluggish economy made it more difficult to re-elect Republicans to the Legislature and the GOP still emerged with strong majorities in both chambers.

The Republican governor on Wednesday disputed the idea that the election represented a referendum on him or his fiscal policies.

Democrats had a net gain of 12 seats in the House and unseated 11 Republican incumbents. They also picked up an open seat in the Senate.

Brownback noted that Republicans still appear to be headed toward majorities of 85-40 in the House and 31-9 in the Senate.

Voters also retained four Kansas Supreme Court justices targeted by abortion opponents and GOP conservatives for ouster. Brownback noted that no justice has been ousted in such a retention vote.