Tuesday’s election primaries saw 31 Kansas House races where Kansans for Life’s endorsement or recommendation was in play. Our candidates won about twice as often: 20 wins and 11 losses, with 5 House races decided by less than 250 votes.
And a loss in the primary doesn’t mean the district will have pro-abortion representation, because some of the non-KFL-endorsed winners are pro-life, and many of the general election opponents without primaries, are pro-life. (Our updated general election choices will be posted soon at www.voteprolife.net.)
It’s a nice problem to face– races where both party’s candidates are pro-life! This is a reflection of the increasing number of national polls where majorities of the public self-identify as pro-life.
KFL supported these 10 winning incumbent, pro-life-voting state representatives: Bill Otto (R-9), Forrest Knox (R-13), Mike Burgess (R-51), Joe McLeland (R-94), Phil Hermanson (R-96), Clay Aurand (R-109), Pat Maloney (D-116), Don Hineman (R-118), Jim Morrison (R-121), and Gary Hayzlett (R-122).
KFL supported these 10 challengers who won their primaries: Terry Calloway (R-3), Caryn Tyson (R-4), Terry Lois Gregory (R-10), Kelly Meigs (R-17), Rob Bruchman (R-20), Jana Goodman (R-41), Becky Nioce (R-56), Tom Arpke (R-69), Jim Howell (R-82) and Dan Collins (R-110).
At the state level, these 4 important wins had KFL’s endorsement: the gubernatorial team of Sam Brownback & Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach, and incumbent state Education Board members John Bacon (dist.3) & Ken Willard (dist.7).
At the federal level, these 2 successful Congressional candidates had KFL’s endorsement: Kansas Sen. Tim Huelskamp (1st Dist) and Mike Pompeo (4th District).
We do not want to overlook the deeply disappointing losses of 7 endorsed candidates yesterday: veteran pro-life House reps John Faber and Melvin Neufeld, insurance challenger David Powell, state senate challenger David Harvey, and, at the federal level, pro-life champions Todd Tiahrt, Dennis Pyle and Patricia Lightner.
We applaud the hard work of all these excellent, pro-life campaigners and their volunteers.