Making one last push, five days before the general election, state Republican leaders and candidates made their way through Pittsburg on Thursday for a party rally downtown.

Making one last push, five days before the general election, state Republican leaders and candidates made their way through Pittsburg on Thursday for a party rally downtown.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback joined Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, state treasurer candidate Ron Estes and current U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts along with local GOP candidates for the Kansas House, Terry Calloway and Jeff Locke for a gathering at Immigrant Park.

“Things are going great and we’re hearing a lot of good things from around the state,” Estes, current Sedgwick County Treasurer, said.

Kansas GOP Party chair Amanda Adkins also helped introduce candidates on the second day of a four-day tour around Kansas. Her message was to encourage high Republican turnout for the general election on Nov. 4. She said the state has seen a high number of advanced ballots already returned and that she predicted most of those ballots were from state Republican voters.

“Our turnout is huge and the Democrat turnout is low,” Adkins said.

Brownback, a current U.S. Senator running against Democrat State Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, told the crowd that Crawford County was a great place for Republicans and that the GOP can ride a voter surge similar to the 1994 election that saw the GOP take all but one elected office in Kansas. He noted that the only Democrat to win in 1994 was former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius when she won the office of state Insurance Commissioner.

“We’re seeing a similar wave now that we saw in 1994,” Brownback said.

Even Roberts, who is not running for re-election this cycle, took jabs at Democrats, Sebelius in particular, with regards to federal health care, that passed into law earlier this year.

“I found it funny that she said Republicans were sitting on the fence when it came to health care when she hasn’t even been in the stadium,” Roberts quipped.

For Jenkins, who is running against Girard resident Cheryl Hudspeth for her congressional seat, it was more about attacking Democrats in the House.

“We’re on a mission to turn things around and send (Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi an eviction notice,” Jenkins said.

In the end, Republicans touted their platform of rebuilding the state’s weakened economy.

“There are over 100,000 Kansans that are without work and that is the wrong direction,” said State Sen. Jeff Colyer, who is running as Brownback’s Lt. Gov.

The state GOP bus tour continues Friday with swings in south central and western Kansas.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140