By MIKE CORN
Latino voters in Kansas and the rest of the nation strongly favored Democratic candidates in Tuesday's election.
But the split wasn't quite as strong in Kansas, according to a pre-election survey of 5,000 Latino voters taken by the Seattle based-Latino Decisions.
In every main race in Kansas, Latinos said they favored Democrats by a two-to-one margin.
For governor, Latino voters favored Democrat Paul Davis over Republican Sam Brownback by a 66 percent-to-31-percent margin.
Greg Orman was favored in the U.S. Senate race over Pat Roberts by a 64-to-36 margin.
Republican Tim Huelskamp fared the poorest of all the big races in Kansas, with voters favoring Democrat Jim Sherrow by a 63-percent-to-28-percent margin.
Even Kris Kobach, a Republican known for his efforts in Kansas and other states to tighten voter identification laws, did better. Still, Jean Schodorf was favored over Kobach, 64 percent to 30 percent.
While voting-age Hispanics in Kansas represent a relatively small portion of eligible voters, it's a growing group.
"In Kansas, there has been a 575 percent growth of Latino registered voters between 2000 and 2012," according to Gary M. Segura, a co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions and a professor of American politics at Stanford University. "The population, while still small, is exploding"
In Kansas, the most important issue was immigration reform, while jobs and the economy were a distant second. Fifty-five percent of the people surveyed said they known someone who is an undocumented immigrant.
More than a third of the Latino voters surveyed said they were voting to support the Latino community, while 33 percent said they were voting to support the Democratic candidate.