Wednesday, August 02, 2006


In the closest race yet for an African American running for statewide office, Kansas state Senator David Haley captured the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State by a razor thin 317 votes ( in yesterday's primary.

Senator Haley topped political science professor Robert Beattie to set up a rematch with current Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh who won the Republican primary by blasting Haley's state Senate colleague Kay O'Connor by 43 points.

Secretary of State Thornburgh looks unbeatable, but Senator Haley is a smart, savvy, up and comer in Kansas politics who learned some lessons in his 2002 race with Thornburgh and will be riding the coattails of Kathleen Sebelius the state's popular Democratic Governor.


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