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+Sam Brownback/Jeff Colyer (R) i
433,196
49.82%
Paul Davis/Jill Docking (D)
401,100
46.12%
Keen A. Umbehr/Josh Umbehr (L) 35,206
4.05%

869,502

Plurality: 32,096 votes (3.69 percentage points).
 KS Secretary of State




Notes: 
Gov. Sam Brownback (R) won a second term but was held to less than 50-percent by House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D) and attorney Keen A. Umbehr (L). 

In the August Republican primary, Brownback defeated Jennifer Winn, president of a landscaping business in Wichita, by 63.2% to 36.7%.  Davis ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

Davis, an attorney from Lawrence, was first elected to the State House in 2002.  He launched his campaign for governor on Sept. 17, 2013.  On Oct. 22, he announced Jill Docking, a financial advisor from Wichita, as his running mate.  In July 2014 he announced endorsements of 104 current and former Republican officials.  In September  reports about a 1998 incident where Davis was at a strip club were much in the news.

The "Kansas experiment" was a central issue of the campaign.  On May 22, 2012 Brownback signed into law Kansas Senate Bill Substitute HB 2117, providing for major income tax cuts (>).  The law took effect in July, and its effects on the budget, public school funding, and the state's economy were central issues (>).
 
Brownback and Davis engaged in four debates, with Keen Umbehr joining in the second debate: Kansas State Fair on Sept. 6 (>); Overland Park Chamber of Commerce in Overland Park on Sept. 19 (>); KWCH-TV in Wichita on Oct. 20 (>); and Kansas Association of Broadcasters convention in Wichita on Oct. 21 (>).



Campaign Managers
Sam Brownback: 
Mark Dugan
(Mar. 2014)  Assistant Secretary at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Jan. 2012-Mar. 2014.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, 2010-Mar. 2014.  Field representative to U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, June 2007-Nov. 2010.  Political director on Tiahrt for Senate, Jan. 2008-Aug. 2010.  M.P.A. (2009) and B.A. in political science and government from Wichita State University.  Interned for Sen. Brownback, May-Aug. 2005.

Paul Davis:
  James Roberts
(Aug. 2013)  Partner at Huddle Strategic Relations in Kansas City from Jan. 2010.  Director of development for the Common Sense Coalition for Change, Apr.-Dec. 2011.  Statewide coordinator for the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy, Mar. 2008-June 2009.  B.A. in history from The University of Kansas, 2008.


  








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