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Kansas 2nd District

Candidates

Nancy Boyda*

Nancy Boyda* (D)*

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Lynn Jenkins

Lynn Jenkins (R)

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Kansas Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Leans GOP

Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races:
KS-2

Key 2006 State Races:
Governor

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBoyda (D)Jenkins (R)Spread
SurveyUSA8/19 - 8/21620 LV5043Boyda +7

Race Summary

Nancy Boyda is being challenged by state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, who defeated former Rep. Jim Ryun in the August 5 primary, 51%-49%. Ryun's upset loss meant he would not have a chance to win back his seat from Boyda; it also would have been the third meeting between the two in the last three elections.

Democrats in Kansas usually only win when moderate and conservative Republicans are at each other's throats. So when Jenkins won quick and unconditional support from Ryun, the GOP's chances of taking an ordinarily very Republican seat grew almost exponentially. Boyda has also refused national party money, handing Jenkins a big advantage.

Previous Election Results

House
2006: Boyda (D) 51, Ryun (R) 47
2004: Ryun (R) 56, Boyda (D) 41
2002: Ryun (R) 60, Lykins (D) 38

President
2004: Bush (R) 59, Kerry (D) 39
2000: Bush (R) 54, Gore (D) 41