For the first time since 1936, a Democrat has won an open Kansas governor's race. Kathleen Sebelius swung enough Republican voters to defeat Tim Shallenburger.
In a matchup of two state office holders seeking to replace term-limited GOP Governor Bill Graves, Shallenburger failed to convince fellow Republicans that Sebelius is too liberal.
Trailing in the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history were Libertarian Dennis Hawver and Reform Party nominee Ted Pettibone.
Democrats who've earned the Kansas governor's chair usually did it by unseating unpopular Republicans. But Sebelius, moving up from insurance commissioner, raised a record $4 million for her campaign. Shallenburger, the outgoing state treasurer, raised just over $2 million.