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Sebelius heads to Kansas this week to campaign for Paul Davis

Updated: 2013-09-16T22:01:22Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will fly to Kansas this week for a Thursday evening Mission Hills reception for Paul Davis’ nascent gubernatorial campaign.

A salute from Sebelius, President Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary, will be an early sign that Davis has the backing of the party’s most visible Democrat.

Davis, the House minority leader form Lawrence, is expected to formally kick off his campaign next month. But he’s already taken some preliminary steps to launch his uphill bid against incumbent Republican Sam Brownback.

Davis’ campaign will be based on the traditional electoral equation for Kansas Democrats. He hopes to add moderate Republicans dissatisfied with Brownback to his Democratic base to give him a fighting chance.

Like most Democrats, he enters the race as a decided underdog. But history may be an ally. Despite its red status, Kansans have consistently picked Republican governors followed by Democratic governors, and that’s a pattern Davis hopes to continue.

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