Democrat Davis responds to poll showing him leading for governor

Gov. Sam Brownback (R) / Rep. Paul Davis (D)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Davis-Docking campaign is feeling confident with good reason after a second poll shows them leading in the governor’s race. We sat down with House Minority Leader Paul Davis to talk about the poll, and his campaign to become the 47th governor of Kansas.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” Davis said with a smile.

A new KSN/Survey USA poll shows the Davis-Docking ticket leading the Brownback/Colyer ticket by eight percentage points. That’s consistent with the survey from just a few weeks ago.

“I think the more that we get acquainted with the people of Kansas I think the more receptive they are to this campaign, and I think the poll is showing that.”

Democrat Paul Davis is taking his message to Kansans.

“I’m very, very concerned about the state of our schools and support for our schools,” Davis said, describing the heart of his campaign.

And that’s what voters want to hear: 34% of those polled say education funding is the most important issue this election.

“I think a lot of people have seen the cuts that have come from Governor Brownback, and I think they want to see someone in the governor’s office who’s going to be a true advocate for public education, and that’s what I want to be,” he explained.

The democratic candidate says the most important thing the state does is fund public schools. It’s where the majority of tax dollars go. While Brownback has called him a liberal Obama Democrat, Davis describes himself as a moderate capable of working with everyone, including conservative Republicans.

“Sometimes we disagree but we know that if we’re able to bring our best ideas and put them together and compromise and achieve consensus, sometimes the state is going to be the ultimate winner,” Davis said of his efforts.

It’s something he says the current governor is either unable or unwilling to do.

Governor Brownback’s campaign declined an on-camera interview, sending a statement from his communications director instead. The governor’s camp scoffed at the poll, claiming it isn’t accurate. Spokesman John Milburn disputes the Davis claim that Brownback has cut education saying the governor has increased funding each of his years in office.

In short, Milburn writes: “That funding is providing resources for districts to hire more teachers reduce class sizes, provide salary increases, and reduce local property taxes.”

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