Paul Davis ahead of Sam Brownback in recent poll
Incumbent Red State Republican Governor Sam Brownback is in trouble. He is behind his Democratic challenger Paul Davis 41% vs 47% in the most recent poll. That result is outside the margin of error of the poll.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post where I stated the following.
Red State Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback is a politician like most Republican politicians who believes tax cuts are a cure all. The problem for Sam Brownback is he got his wish. The bigger problem is that his wish is causing an economic catastrophe Kansas. Now it may cause him his job to Democrat Paul Davis in a very Republican state. Paul Davis is ahead in the polls.
Sam Brownback is in trouble because he got his wish and in getting his wish Kansans realized that tax cuts could materially affect them. The disproved Laffer Curve fantasies did not materialize.
On Monday 104 Republicans who served or are serving in federal, state, and local offices have endorsed Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Davis and Democratic Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate Jill Docking. The group calls themselves Republicans for Kansas. The list off Republicans is comprehensive and will likely give Sam Brownback heartburn.
“All of us standing here today know Kansas can do better,” said Davis. “We can have better schools and a stronger economy. The values that unite us as Kansans are much bigger than the partisanship and experiment of Sam Brownback. Through hard work and cooperation, we can restore Kansas together.”
“All of us are proud Republicans. We came together because of our common love of Kansas, our commitment to Kansas families, and our belief in moderate, commonsense leadership,” said Wint Winter, former state Senator from Douglas County. “We are deeply concerned by the direction Sam Brownback is taking Kansas. Today we announce our opposition to his re-election. And to pledge our voices, our energy and our votes to Paul Davis and Jill Docking – our choice for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Kansas.”
“This election should not be about electing a Republican or a Democrat as Governor. It must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor,” said Dick Bond, former state Senate President. “I have been a Republican all my life and don’t intend to change. But I am proud today to support Paul Davis and Jill Docking for Kansas’ sake.”
Republicans for Kansas pointed to Brownback’s experimental tax plan, severe cuts to schools, and fiscally irresponsible budgeting as reasons for their historic decision. They also praised Davis’s moderate, commonsense leadership and his focus on proven solutions.
“We support Paul Davis and Jill Docking for many reasons, the first of which is their steadfast support for our public schools. Paul has been a champion of schools for his entire career,” said Carol Rupe Linnens, former member of the Kansas State Board of Education. “One of the unique values most Kansans share is a strong commitment to our schools and our top-notch education system. It is clear Sam Brownback does not share this Kansas value.”