Huelskamp's strongest opponents appear to be State Senator Jim Barnett and US Senator Sam Brownback's former Chief of Staff Rob Wasinger. Senator Barnett is a partially-self-funding physician, and a moderate-turned-conservative-turned-moderate who lost 60-40% to Kathleen Sebelius in the 2006 governor's race.While Hodge is correct that Huelskamp is winning the endorsement war, Hodge fails to note that Huelskamp is also way out ahead in terms of fundraising (his donors, by the way, include folks from all 69 counties in the district).
Wasinger is supported by John McCain and David Kensinger, the current Brownback for Governor campaign manager (technically, it was Kensinger's wife who donated $2300).
To provide further clarity on the McCain endorsement, remember that in the 2008 presidential primaries, Brownback endorsed McCain over Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, even though McCain was the only candidate known to support federal funding of human cloning and ESCR, and even though McCain-Feingold is one of the most offensive, unconstitutional pieces of federal legislation in American history.
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