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  [KS] Rep. Boyda’s seat top target for divided GOP
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jan 18, 2007 12:08am
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News DateThursday, January 18, 2007 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Sam Youngman

When newly elected National Republican Campaign Committee chief Rep. Tom Cole talks about specific seats he wants to take back in 2008, he repeatedly mentions Kansas’s 2nd district.

Cole (R-Okla.) referred to the seat as one of the targets that fits the criteria for an NRCC priority in 2008. It is one of 61 seats Democrats hold that voted for President Bush in 2004, and the Democrat who won it in the midterms did so with less than 55 percent of the vote.

That Democrat, Rep. Nancy Boyda (D), may have just been sworn in, but Republicans from Washington to Topeka are marking her name with a big, red bulls-eye.

“I certainly expect this to be one of their top-targeted races,” Boyda said. “I didn’t get into this thinking this would be a cakewalk.”

Boyda defeated then-Rep. Jim Ryun with 51 percent of the vote in a year that saw Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, running with a candidate for lieutenant governor who earlier in the year had defected from the Republican Party, win reelection with 57 percent.
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