In red Kansas, GOP governor appears vulnerable

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 2:07 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has accomplished much of his agenda but he's run into a wave of negative repercussions that have roiled his prospects for re-election. That's ignited Democratic hopes in his deeply red state.

Brownback was elected three years ago as a leading conservative voice for making government more business-friendly.

But recent developments have left his office on the defensive. The state's bond rating recently was downgraded over concerns about the revenue lost to his aggressive tax cuts.

Angry teachers charged that his fiscal experiment will short schools and lead to crowded classrooms.

Polls show that the race is close. Brownback says more support will swing his way in the fall, but his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, says he's benefiting from the backlash.

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