New GOP chairman sets out with fresh goals, shrugs off defections

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Raising money, improving voter turnout and refining the party's message are the top goals of new Kansas Republican Party Chairman Mike Kuckelman.

Elected as the party's new chair Saturday, Kuckelman outlined his plans for the future while shrugging off recent party defections.

Kuckelman takes the helm of the state party with a Democrat in the governor's office and a Democrat representing the 3rd Congressional District. The party also will have to defend a Senate seat that will come open in two years when Sen. Pat Roberts retires.

Kuckelman's team includes Virginia Crossland-Macha as vice chair . . .

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