1996 United States Senate special election in Kansas

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United States Senate special election in Kansas, 1996

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Nominee Sam Brownback Jill Docking
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 574,021 461,344
Percentage 53.9% 43.3%

Kansas Senatorial Election Results by County, 1996.svg
County Results

Brownback:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Docking:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Sheila Frahm

Elected U.S. Senator

Sam Brownback

The 1996 United States Senate election in Kansas was held November 3, 1996, concurrently with the presidential election and the regularly scheduled election for the state's Class 2 seat. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the Republican nominee for president, had resigned on June 11, 1996 in order to focus on his presidential campaign. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Frahm was appointed to the seat upon Dole's resignation, but she was defeated in the primary by Congressman Sam Brownback, who went on to win the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jill Docking 127,012 74.39%
Democratic Joan Finney 43,726 25.61%
Total votes 170,738 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sam Brownback 187,914 54.82%
Republican Sheila Frahm (Incumbent) 142,487 41.57%
Republican Christina Campbell-Cline 12,378 3.61%
Total votes 342,779 100.00%

General election[edit]


  • Sam Brownback (R), U.S. Congressman and former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
  • Jill Docking (D), businesswoman and daughter-in-law of former Kansas Governor Robert Docking
  • Donald Klaassen (Reform), businessman


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Brownback 574,021 53.91% -8.78%
Democratic Jill Docking 461,344 43.33% +12.30%
Reform Donald R. Klaassen 29,351 2.76%
Majority 112,677 10.58% -21.08%
Turnout 1,064,716
Republican hold Swing


Brownback was elected to a full term in 1998, and was re-elected to a second full term in 2004. In 2010, Brownback was elected Governor, and won a second term in 2014. He resigned as governor on January 31, 2018 to accept an ambassadorship and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer.

Brownback's seat is now held by Jerry Moran, a U.S. Representative from Kansas' 1st district for seven terms (1997-2011).

Docking was the running mate of the Democratic nominee, state senator Paul Davis, in the 2014 election.

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