Gov. Sam Brownback and challenger Paul Davis picked Johnson County as the spot to watch at least part of Tuesday night’s election results trickle in.
Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer joined several other Republican officials, including Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Kevin Yoder, at the Overland Park Marriott for the Johnson County Republican watch party. Brownback spoke to reporters before leaving the event, fielding questions about his primary challenger Jennifer Winn’s performance. Brownback told KSHB he attributed votes against himself and Roberts to people’s dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under President Barack Obama.
“I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” he told KSHB’s Garrett Haake. “That a lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just, they want somebody to throw a brick.”
Davis spent a good part of the evening in northeast Johnson County at Mission’s Lucky Brewgrille, where the county Democrats had their watch party. Davis addressed the crowd around 8 p.m. and then spent time speaking to individuals. Asked why he’d chosen to come to Mission on primary night, Davis said Johnson County was a critical base of Kansas voters.
“Johnson County is very important to the election,” he said. “One out of every five voters in Kansas lives in Johnson County. I’ve spent a lot of time here and will be spending a lot of time here over the next 90 days. ”
Davis went unopposed in the Democratic primary, but asked what he made of Winn’s performance in the primary — she took 37 percent of the vote — he said it was emblematic of dissatisfaction with Gov. Brownback’s performance.
“Clearly there are a lot of Republicans that are very unhappy with Gov. Brownback and casting votes for his opponent in this primary,” Davis said. “I think a lot of those people are going to come help our campaign this fall.”