Sen. Vicki Schmidt walks in the front door of her home in southwest Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2011, after beating Rep. Joe Patton to win the Republican primary in the 20th district.

 

              Sen. Vicki Schmidt walks in the front door of her home in southwest Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2011, after beating Rep. Joe Patton to win the Republican primary in the 20th district.
Sen. Vicki Schmidt walks in the front door of her home in southwest Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2011, after beating Rep. Joe Patton to win the Republican primary in the 20th district. (AP Photo, Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)