GOP’S JENKINS OUSTS BOYDA; MOORE, ROBERTS RE-ELECTED
TThe Republican state treasurer to take over in the 2nd District, while Republican Jordan and Democrat Slattery fail to unseat incumbents.
| Republican state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins bucked the national trend Tuesday, unseating Democratic U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore won his fifth re-election bid, defeating Republican challenger Nick Jordan in the 3rd District.
Meanwhile, in the state’s U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Pat Roberts easily vanquished Democrat Jim Slattery.
In a tight finish to a contentious race, Jenkins beat Boyda 51 percent to 46 percent, with 83 percent of precincts reporting at midnight.
“I think we had the right message at the right time,” Jenkins said Tuesday night. “Washington is a mess, and people are fed up and hungry for reform.”
Boyda was a prime target for the Republicans, who hoped to win back the seat she took from former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun in 2006. Boyda campaigned as an independent, but Jenkins argued she was a tax-and-spend follower of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In her concession speech, Boyda told supporters to keep fighting for change in Washington.
“The last two years were a gift and a joy, and nothing that happens tonight can erase one moment of it,” she said, according to a
text of her remarks.
Jenkins campaigned as a fiscal conservative, a Certified Public Accountant with experience managing the state’s bank accounts. She highlighted a House committee hearing in which Boyda walked out on a retired general.
The race was one of the hottest in the nation after groups like Congressional Quarterly identified Boyda as one of the most vulnerable Democrats.
Kansas’ 2nd District includes most of eastern Kansas outside Wyandotte and Johnson counties, including Leavenworth, Topeka, Manhattan, Pittsburg and parts of Lawrence. support they give me.”
This year, Moore was subjected to constant attacks by his opponent, GOP state Sen. Nick Jordan of Shawnee.
Jordan’s main punch had been television ads complaining that Moore didn’t do enough as a member of the House Financial Services Committee to head off the current economic crisis.
That committee sets rules for the nation’s financial system of banks and investment firms as well as the quasi-governmental Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, mortgage giants saddled with a lot of bad loans.
Jordan also complained that Congress has spent years debating energy and health policies without finding solutions to either and said he would “wake up Washington.”
But beating an incumbent congressman is tough, and the Jordan campaign knew it was facing an uphill fight. Jordan came into the contest with little name recognition, while a lot of voters were accustomed to voting for Moore, who served 12 years as Johnson County district attorney in the 1970s and 1980s.
was elected to the U.S. House in 1998.
Those same observers thought Slattery’s message and his record of fiscal conservatism would have resonated better at a time when Barack Obama captured so much energy. But Slattery admitted from the beginning that it would be a “David versus Goliath” matchup given Roberts’ name recognition and his hefty campaign coffers.
Slattery congratulated Roberts and blamed his loss on the difference in the amount of cash each had to spend in the campaign.
“The big difference in this race was $3 million. You just can’t overcome that,” Slattery said.
Asked about his political future, Slattery said he didn’t know.
“I’m going to keep working on the things and issues that interest me,” he said.
“I’m really grateful to the people in my district. I really appreciate the great support they give me,” said Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore. Moore, who won his fifth re-election bid, and his family attended a watch party Tuesday in Overland Park.
Republican state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins made her victory speech at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.