United States Senate election in Kansas, 2008

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United States Senate election in Kansas, 2008
Kansas
2002 ←
November 4, 2008 → 2014

  Pat Roberts official photo.jpg Jim Slattery.jpg
Nominee Pat Roberts Jim Slattery
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 712,396 429,691
Percentage 60.1% 36.5%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Pat Roberts
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Pat Roberts
Republican

The 2008 United States Senate election in Kansas was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts won re-election to a third term.

Background[edit]

The state of Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1932. Kansas's other Republican Senator Sam Brownback announced that he is retiring due to "self-imposed term limits," which meant Roberts became the senior Senator from Kansas in 2011. Brownback is currently serving as Governor of Kansas. It is considered one of the more Republican states in the U.S. The last time its electors went to a Democrat was the Presidential Election of 1964, when Lyndon Johnson carried the state over Barry Goldwater.

Roberts had announced ahead of the 1996 election that "I plan only to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate",[1] but he broke that pledge in this election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Slattery 68,106 68.93%
Democratic Lee Jones 30,699 31.07%
Totals 98,805 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Party primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Roberts (inc.) 214,911 100.00%
Totals 214,911 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Pat Roberts (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Jim Slattery (D), U.S. Congressman
  • Randall Hodgkinson (L), attorney
  • Joseph L. Martin (Re), 2006 Secretary of State nominee

Predictions[edit]

CQ Politics rated this race as 'Republican Favored'.[4] The Cook Political Report considered it 'Solid Republican'.[5] The Rothenberg Political Report considered it a 'Safe Republican'.[6]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates administered Slattery Roberts
Survey USA October 28, 2008 33% 60%
Survey USA October 22, 2008 35% 57%

Rasmussen Reports

October 13, 2008 36% 55%

Rasmussen Reports

September 23, 2008 38% 58%
Survey USA September 22, 2008 35% 55%
Survey USA August 20, 2008 31% 58%
Rasmussen Reports August 11, 2008 37% 56%
Rasmussen Reports July 15, 2008 33% 61%
TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. July 1, 2008 34% 54%
Rasmussen Reports June 11, 2008 39% 48%
Cooper & Secrest June 5-June 8, 2008 36% 48%
Research 2000/Daily Kos June 2-June 4, 2008 38% 50%
Rasmussen Reports May 13, 2008 40% 52%

Results[edit]

Roberts won by 24 percentage points over Slattery, carrying 102 of the state's 105 counties. Slattery only carried three counties in northeast Kansas: Atchison, Douglas and Wyandotte.

General election results[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Pat Roberts (inc.) 727,121 60.06% -22.46%
Democratic Jim Slattery 441,399 36.46%
Libertarian Randall Hodgkinson 25,727 2.12% -6.98%
Reform Joseph L. Martin 16,443 1.36% -7.02%
Majority 285,722 23.60% -49.82%
Turnout 1,210,690
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

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