Today the Cap Journal ran a story that is, well, pretty lame. They went around and asked everyone why we were already seeing ads for the Second District seat. Well, in case you missed it Cap Journal, Nancy Boyda won last fall. It was an upset. It is one of the top 10 seats the Republicans have targetted to win next year. While it may be unusual in Kansas to see races start 18 months out, it's not nationally. This is not new. (And does anyone else wish the Cap Journal would talk to someone other than Bob Beatty?)
The fact of the matter is, Jim Ryun is on pace to double the money he raised for the 2006 cycle (that'd be close to $2.5 million). I have no doubt that Lynn Jenkins will raise somewhere between $500,000 and $1,000,000 for the primary (and if she wins the primary, add $1 million to that and reduce $1 million from Ryun). Nancy Boyda will likely raise around $1.5 million. That doesn't include probably another $1 million likely to be spent by outside organizations. Yes, we could have $6 million or more spent in the Second District for the 2008 cycle. Last year, with the outside groups, that number was just over $2.5 million. AND, it is relatively cheap to advertise in the Second District of Kansas.
Welcome to a new era in Kansas.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.