Republicans Torch Kobach for Senate Run
No matter who wins the primary in Kansas, you can count on them being a staunch supporter of Trump, but Kobach, whose campaign slogan is “build the Wall” is definitely the worst of the two evils. Both candidates, Pompeo & Kobach, are much further right and much more ‘populist’ than the average American.
Kobach is the third Republican to announce a run for the seat held by Sen. Pat Roberts, who is not seeking reelection next year. Kobach just lost a statewide race — the 2018 contest for governor to Democrat Laura Kelly — and some Republicans worry that the otherwise safe Kansas seat could become competitive if Kobach emerges from a GOP primary, which could imperil the party’s Senate majority.
Republican leaders’ preferred candidate is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman and key ally to President Donald Trump. But Pompeo faces a personal dilemma over whether to remain in Trump’s cabinet or seek a Senate seat as he considers his own political future. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told POLITICO last month Pompeo was his “first choice” for the seat.
If Pompeo doesn’t run, a crowded field of candidates is likely — which could benefit Kobach, who is well known among the GOP electorate and narrowly won a competitive primary a year ago.