There are three political 'parties' in Kansas, the Democrats, the moderate wing of the Republican Party and the conservative wing of the Republican party. Here's a story about an attempt to replace the moderate Republican National Committeeman . Intra-party cat-fight! The constant struggle between the three 'parties' is a big deal here. Sometimes the Democrat and the moderate Republicans even get together to defeat the conservatives. That's why my US Representative is a Democrat, even though it is a traditionally Republican area.