Republican Sam Brownback is returning home
to be governor of Kansas after 16 years in Washington.
Brownback has defeated Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland in his
bid to reclaim the office that Democrats held the past eight years.
Trailing Brownback and Holland were Libertarian Andrew Gray and
the Reform Party's Ken Cannon.
Brownback replaces Gov. Mark Parkinson, who assumed the job in
2009 when then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become secretary
of U.S. Health and Human Services.
Brownback will take office in January and will work with the
Republican-controlled Legislature to revive the state's lagging
economy and shaky budget status.
Republican Congressman Jerry Moran has won
the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, easily beating his novice
Moran had a big advantage over first-time candidate Lisa
Johnston in the GOP-leaning state. A Democrat hasn't won a Senate
election in Kansas since 1932.
The 56-year-old Moran, from Hays, also easily tapped into many
voters' discontent with President Barack Obama and Democrats over
the economy and the federal health care law.