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State profile: Kansas

Kansas map
Kansas is staunchly Republican. Its voters have have backed only one Democratic presidential candidate - Lyndon B Johnson - in the last 60 years, and have not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.

The 2002 election of Democrat Kathleen Sebelius as governor was therefore something of a surprise, the result of splits in Republican ranks rather than a dramatic realignment. Ms Sebelius proved a popular governor, however, and easily won re-election in 2006.

The Democrats also had a shock win in the House in 2006, when Nancy Boyda picked up a seat from the five-term Republican incumbent Jim Ryun.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has family connections in the state - his mother's family came from Kansas.

Population: 2,764,075 (ranked 33 among states)
Governor: Kathleen Sebelius (D)
Electoral college votes: 6

But despite the state's recent tilt towards the Democrats and Mr Obama's family ties, Kansas voters are still likely to opt for John McCain and his state-level Republican colleagues in November.

The geographic centre of the US, Kansas is farming country, and forever associated with the classic film The Wizard of Oz.

House of Representatives:
2 Democrat, 2 Republican
Senate: 2 Republican
In 1996 Bob Dole, the Republican presidential candidate and a former Kansas Senator, used the state's middle American values as a campaign theme.

2004: Bush 62%, Kerry 37%
2000: Bush 58%, Gore 37%
1996: Clinton 36%, Dole 54%
The state is known as the "bread basket" and harvests much of the country's wheat.

But like other agricultural states it has suffered a decline in income in recent years.

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