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Independents continue slow rise in Kansas

Numbers released by the Kansas Secretary of State indicate independent/unaffiliated voters continue to increase in Kansas. Twenty-eight percent of the electorate now has not declared a party preference in voter registration – up 2 percent from 2000.

These numbers coincide with a drop in Republican registration, which went from 46 percent in 2000 to 44 percent this year. Democratic numbers have remained roughly the same, with an increase of 41,000 registered voters.

However, this shouldn’t be taken as a sign of diminishing support for Republicans. This is still very much a red state, and many will still vote in Republican primaries, if only because it’s usually the only game in town. Plus, according to experts, the rise in independent voters is part of a national trend.

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