Eudora polls heavily favor hometown candidates
Kansas House Representative Anthony Brown was on to something election night. The winner of the Republican primary, who is uncontested in the November election for the 38th state House seat, surmised that it was his support in Douglas County that pushed him past Tom Marsh of Olathe.
That support is no more evident than in Brown's adopted hometown. The Baldwin City native who now calls Eudora home got 86 percent of the vote in Eudora's four precincts combined, including 90 percent in the central Eudora precinct.
Although Sharon Englebrecht may not have taken the Republican bid for Douglas County Treasurer in the primary, the hometown candidate was a winner in Eudora's precincts. Englebrecht got nearly 83 percent of the vote across the city, including 87 percent of the vote in the west and central precincts over opponent Cindy Monshizadeh.
In the 3rd District Kansas Senate race, Richard Rodewald of rural Eudora fared better than he did throughout district, which covers the eastern half of Douglas County and all of Leavenworth and Jefferson counties. District-wide, Rodewald earned 12 percent of the vote against the other three candidates -- victor Roger Pine, Chuck Quinn and Connie O'Brien. In Eudora, however, Rodewald earned a little more than 31 percent of the vote.
Eudora City Prosecutor Charles Branson's faring in Eudora was more or less in line with voters across the county who put the Democrat against Republican Christine Kenney in the Douglas County District Attorney race in November.
Countywide, the split between Branson and primary opponent Martin Miller was 60-40. In Eudora, where Branson is city prosecutor, the split was 56-44.
In the highly-contested 3rd District race for the U.S. Senate, eventual winner Kris Kobach easily outdid Adam Taff in Eudora, where Kobach earned 51 percent of the vote. The two candidates were up against Patricia Lightner in the Republican primary. Kobach will face Democratic opponent Dennis Moore in November.