Kansans choose their next governor Tuesday amid economic uncertainty as the state slowly recovers from the effects of the national recession.
Republican Sam Brownback and Democrat Tom Holland seek to replace Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson, who took the job after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become secretary of Health and Human Services. Also on the ballot are Libertarian Andrew Gray and the Reform Party's Ken Cannon.
Kansas' jobless rate was 6.6% in September, down from 7% a year earlier. But uncertainty remains, including the future of Wichita aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft.
On the same day as the election, the candidates will learn just how much money is likely to be available for the first year of the next administration.