Conservatives win big in Kan. Senate primary races

Associated Press
Primary election voters cast their ballots in Kanwaka Township Hall near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.  Republican primary voters in Kansas could reshape the Legislature on Tuesday, with conservatives hoping to oust moderate GOP incumbents in the Senate who have stymied the right's political agenda. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who've been working to push GOP moderates out of state legislatures in a large section of the country have scored big victories in Kansas.

After Tuesday's primary election, a Kansas Senate that has been an obstacle to conservative fiscal and social policy changes is likely to have a solid majority on the right next year.

Voters in GOP races ousted seven incumbent moderate senators. An eighth, Senate President Steve Morris, a moderate Hugoton Republican, trailed his conservative opponent, likely marking the end of Morris' 20-year career as a legislator.

Some GOP voters transferred their ongoing frustration with Democratic President Barack Obama and the federal health care law he championed to moderate GOP state senators. Some wanted the Senate to be more in line with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

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