Kansas Dem Gov. Candidate Boasts 500 Top GOPers Now Back Him

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October 14, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis said Tuesday that the list of top Republicans in the state has increased from 100 to 500 members.

Davis made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday, accompanied by the leaders of the group of Republicans who support Davis and oppose Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

The conference was to highlight the support Davis has begun to receive from 180 ex lawmakers and 360 educators, community leaders, and business leaders who are part of the group, Republicans for Kansas Values.

As TPM previously noted, in July the more than 100 GOP lawmakers that made up Republicans for Kansas Values, announced their support for Davis in protest of Brownback. That support has been a core part of Davis’s pitch as he’s waged a serious challenge to Brownback in the gubernatorial race.

The announcement of the growing number of Republicans for Kansas Values supporting Davis comes as four recent polls show either a tied race or Brownback just barely ahead of Davis.

The TPM Polltracker average gives Brownback a 2.1 point lead the rest of the field.

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