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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Experts: Primary Results Could Give A Glimpse Of What's To Come

Nadya Faulx
WSU Political Science Professor Ken Ciboski, KMUW Assistant News Director Carla Eckels and WSU Professor and Political Analyst Jeff Jarman

Political experts aren't surprised by last night's primary election in Kansas. They say the results show voters might be frustrated with the state's fiscal policies and expect change.

Wichita State Professor and Political Analyst Jeff Jarman says Kansans have grown tired of dealing with some of the policies that come out of the statehouse in Topeka.

"I think what you will see now are really aggressive races across the House and the Senate where moderate Republicans who won will be challenged by Democrats, and they'll give voters a real opportunity to send a message to Topeka about the direction they want for the state of Kansas," Jarman says.

WSU Political Science Professor Ken Ciboski says some may consider Kansas a very conservative state, "but people are pretty moderate. They're not radicals here, they're not extremists, not all of them, left or right. That's important to keep in mind, to recognize when there are problems, and when we need to make some changes, then the ballot box is the best way to do it.

Ciboski says he believes that economic issues will be a major focal point during the fall elections.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.


Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.