GOP moderates make Kansas primary about schools, budget woes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Moderate Republicans are making Kansas’ primary election a referendum on the state’s budget problems and education funding as they try to oust conservative incumbents.

More than two dozen GOP legislators faced primary opponents Tuesday. Most were allies of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and continued to support his experiment in cutting state income taxes to stimulate the economy.

They included Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce.

The voting occurred against the backdrop not only of the state’s fiscal woes but ongoing legal and political disputes over funding for public schools.

The state Supreme Court could rule by the end of the year on whether the Legislature is shorting schools on their state aid by hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Polls were open until 7 p.m. local time.

 

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