TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters appeared to be blocking a push from conservatives to give Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a chance to remake the Kansas Supreme Court.
They also ousted some of his allies from the Legislature in a backlash over the state’s budget problems.
Five of the Supreme Court’s justices were on the ballot in Tuesday’s election for a yes-or-no decision by voters statewide on whether they remain on the bench. Results favored their retention.
Four were appointed by previous governors and strongly criticized by conservatives, abortion opponents and critics of rulings overturning death sentences in capital murder cases.
But the court’s defenders benefited from voters’ frustration with the state’s fiscal woes.
At least nine Republicans in the Kansas House lost their seats to Democratic challengers.
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