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Kansas gubernatorial election, 2002

Kansas gubernatorial election, 2002

Nominee Kathleen Sebelius Tim Shallenburger
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 441,858 376,830
Percentage 52.87% 45.09%

County Results

Governor before election

Bill Graves

Elected Governor

Kathleen Sebelius

The Kansas gubernatorial election of 2002 was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Governor Bill Graves, a Republican was barred from seeking a third term by the Kansas Constitution. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius, the Democratic nominee, squared off against Kansas State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger, the Republican nominee, with Sebelius defeating Shallenburger to become the second female Governor of Kansas.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Republican primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
  • General election 3
    • Results 3.1
  • References 4

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Sebelius 87,499 100.00%
Totals 87,499 100.00%

Republican primary


Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Shallenburger 122,141 41.47%
Republican Dave Kerr 86,995 29.54%
Republican Bob Knight 77,642 26.36%
Republican Dan Bloom 7,726 2.62%
Totals 294,504 100.00%

General election


Kansas gubernatorial election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Kathleen Sebelius 441,858 52.87% +30.22%
Republican Tim Shallenburger 376,830 45.09% -28.28%
Reform Ted Pettibone 8,907 1.07% +0.01%
Libertarian Dennis Hawver 8,097 0.97%
Majority 65,028 7.78% -42.93%
Turnout 835,692
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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