TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Despite the buzz created nationally by the presidential race, Kansas party and elected officials say efforts to generate a strong election turnout on Tuesday are muted by a lack of statewide races.
Kansas has no statewide races on the ballot. Typically, even in years where the governor is on the ticket, there is one U.S. Senate race campaign to push voters to the polls.
Not so in 2012. That has prompted officials with the Kansas Republican Party and Secretary of State Kris Kobach to temper any optimism that Tuesday's general election will set records.
Kobach says that absent the broader races there are some pockets across Kansas where there are tight legislative races to generate interest in voting beyond just for president.
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