Kris Kobach’s candidacy invited summer storms of campaign spending from across the political spectrum as Kansas Republicans pick their nominee to succeed veteran Sen. Pat Roberts.
A primary victory by Kobach, a polarizing politician who lost the 2018 governor’s race, is seen by congressional Republicans and Democrats alike as threatening the GOP’s eight-decade monopoly on the state’s two Senate seats.
In what may be an indication of Kobach’s standing in the primary, SLF, which is aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), jumped in late with a major buy. Its first ad, promoting Marshall’s work for veterans and linking him with Trump, aired Thursday, according to Advertising Analytics, a firm that tracks ad buys. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce aired a similarly themed ad last week to boost Marshall.
The Kansas race is rated Lean Republican by the Cook Political Report, but Bollier’s odds would likely increase against Kobach. Democrats haven’t elected a senator from Kansas since 1932, the year of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s landslide presidential victory. That senator lost a re-election bid six years later.
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