Was it the money?
Was it Johnson County?
Was it a decision to campaign to the right?
Or was it Dennis Pyle?
Pick any of those and a number of other variables, and you can start understanding how Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outmaneuvered Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt to win reelection.
In a race pitting the national issues of President Joe Biden and the direction of the economy against the state issues of former Gov. Sam Brownback, school funding and cutting the state sales tax on food, Kelly prevailed by two percentage points.
Kelly emerged from the shadow of the . . .