Hayden, Dole Win In Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House Speaker Mike Hayden regained the governor’s mansion for the Republicans on Tuesday, while Republican Sen. Bob Dole easily won his fourth term.
Hayden, a veteran of 14 years in the Legislature, ended eight years of Democratic rule by defeating Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, whose father and grandfather had served as governor. Gov. John Carlin was barred from seeking a third term.
With 79 percent of the votes in, Hayden had 338,614 votes or 51 percent, to Docking’s 329,896, or 49 percent.
Dole, the current majority leader, did almost no campaigning against Democratic political neophyte Guy MacDonald of Wichita, instead spending his time helping fellow GOP senators in other states.
With 41 percent of the vote counted, Dole had 314,029 votes, or 70 percent, while MacDonald had 131,841 or 30 percent.
All three Republicans and two Democrats in Kansas’ congressional delegation were re-elected.
The state’s voters approved constitutional amendments permitting counties to approve the sale of liquor by the drink, local option pari-mutuel wagering and establishment of a state-owned lottery.