An anti-gay, pro-life Democratic incumbent -- who legally resides in an abandoned church -- won a narrow victory to retain her seat after a recount. The victory sets up a November faceoff against a socially liberal, pro-choice and pro-gay Republican.
After the recount, Kansas state Rep. Jan Pauls (D-Hutchinson) won the primary by eight votes, the Kansas City Star reported. Pauls had been leading her primary opponent, Erich Bishop, the openly gay son of a former Ku Klux Klan member, by seven votes following the Aug. 7 primary. Pauls will now face Republican Dakota Bass, who until recently co-chaired a progressive group with ties to the state Democratic Party.
Bass, a 20-year-old railroad conductor, told HuffPost in June that he considers himself "socially liberal" and a "fiscal conservative." He said he favors same sex marriage, abortion rights, and is opposed to Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) fiscal policies, including the tax cuts Brownback signed earlier this year.What the ... ?