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  • Kan. GOP seeks first clean sweep since 1964

  • Kansas Republicans hoped voters in Tuesday's election would give the GOP its first clean sweep of statewide and congressional races since the Beatles were charting their early hits.

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  • Kansas Republicans hoped voters in Tuesday's election would give the GOP its first clean sweep of statewide and congressional races since the Beatles were charting their early hits.
    U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback headed the Republican ticket as the party's nominees for U.S. Senate and governor. Both were expected to win, and the GOP also hoped to capture all four of the state's U.S. House seats.
    Republicans have been talking about a "clean sweep" for months, anticipating a surge of voter frustration in GOP-leaning Kansas with the economy, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Washington.
    Jay Junghans, a 49-year-old Topeka police officer, said he's upset with "a government that doesn't seem to care about what people want." He cited federal spending and the new health care law as examples.
    "I think people are upset," the Republican said after voting at the Woman's Club in west Topeka. "We need some different folks running the game."
    The GOP hasn't won all statewide and congressional races since 1964. Ironically, that was the last time Kansas went for a Democratic presidential candidate, Lyndon Johnson.
    Marcia Kelly, a 60-year-old Topeka real estate agent and traditionally a Republican, found the idea of Republicans running the table depressing and voted a straight Democratic ticket. She said she believes Democrats are trying to strengthen regulation of unethical businesses.
    "They're trying to make their way," she said. "The Republicans are barring their way towards progress."
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