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Jerry Moran Defeats Lisa Johnston In Kansas Senate Race

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Republican Congressman Jerry Moran has won the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, easily beating his novice Democratic opponent.

Moran had a big advantage over first-time candidate Lisa Johnston in the GOP-leaning state. A Democrat hasn't won a Senate election in Kansas since 1932.

The 56-year-old Moran, from Hays, also easily tapped into many voters' discontent with President Barack Obama and Democrats over the economy and the federal health care law.

Johnston, a 39-year-old assistant dean at Baker University in Baldwin City, positioned herself as a fresh face with a new perspective.

But Moran's conservative voting record seemed in tune with Kansas voters. He will replace U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican who left the Senate to run for governor.