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Brownback Leads in Kansas as Democrat Davis Concedes

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012.

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback won a second term, surviving a backlash to an anti-tax crusade that pitted him against fellow Republicans and tested voters’ patience for the Tea Party agenda.

Brownback claimed 49.9 percent to 46.1 percent for Democratic state Representative Paul Davis, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results from the Associated Press. Brownback’s victory margin fell short of that of 2010, when he won with 63 percent of the vote.