Estes bests McKinney in Kansas state treasurer’s race

Kansas is getting a new Republican state treasurer. Sedgwick County treasurer Ron Estes defeated Democratic incumbent Dennis McKinney in Tuesday's election.

McKinney was appointed state treasurer in 2008 by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, after Republican treasurer Lynn Jenkins was elected to the U.S. House.

Estes was outspent 6-to-1 by McKinney in this fall's campaign, and their race was low-key. Even as Estes promised to make improvements, he acknowledged that he didn't have much criticism of McKinney.

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