Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Statewide Contests: GOP Winning Campaigns in AG, Treasurer Races

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Statewide Contests: GOP Winning Campaigns in AG, Treasurer Races

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LAWRENCE -- Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Treasurer Ron Estes were cruising to victory Tuesday night in an election that also could sustain Republican control of the insurance commissioner and secretary of state offices in Kansas.

The Associated Press declared Schmidt and Estes, both GOP candidates, winners in a result that had been widely predicted in polling throughout the 2014 general election. Secretary of State Kris Kobach spoke to supporters at 10 p.m., heralding what he said appeared to be a victory. Insurance commission candidate Ken Selzer had a wide lead on his Democratic rival.

Schmidt, a former state Senate majority leader seeking a second term as attorney general, had a commanding lead over Democratic opponent A.J. Kotich, a Topeka lawyer hobbled by Schmidt's overwhelming campaign finance advantage. Returns had Schmidt leading 65-35.

"Four years ago, we promised several things," Schmidt said. "We promised that if we were entrusted with this office, we'd focus on the needs of public safety, the needs of consumers, the needs of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and pushing back on federal actions that exceeded the authority of the federal government."

Schmidt said his re-election marked the first time in 16 years that Kansans had voted to grant an attorney general another term.

In the state treasurer's race, incumbent Estes built a broad margin over challenger Carmen Alldritt, the Democratic nominee. Alldritt had 34 percent in early tabulations, compared to Estes' 66 percent.

"I want to thank the voters of Kansas for trusting me," Estes said at a campaign celebration. "Four years ago, I ran for office talking about how to make government more efficient. There's a role for government, and we need to be effective and cost-efficient when we do that."

Estes praised Alldritt for taking on the difficult role of candidate in a statewide race. …

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