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Moran Wins GOP Senate Primary in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-- Kansas Republicans have chosen Congressman Jerry Moran as their nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in a bitter primary race where both candidates actively courted GOP conservatives.

Moran overcame a strong challenge from fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt. The key issue for many voters was which longtime politician would be more aggressive in fighting President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Moran promoted endorsements from conservative senators such as tea party favorite Jim DeMint of South Carolina, while Tiahrt had the backing of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Baker University assistant dean Lisa Johnston won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Kansas hasn't put a Democrat in the Senate since 1932.