POLITICO: McConnell pines for Pompeo as Kansas chaos looms

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 8:45am

Senate Republicans have a problem in Kansas. And they still think Mike Pompeo is the solution.

Staring at a messy primary, a credible Democratic challenger and a real battle for Senate control, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for the secretary of State to jump into the race with just weeks to go until the filing deadline.

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McConnell on Wednesday conceded it’s a “challenging environment” to protect his majority. Republicans are still favored in the Kansas race, but they can’t really afford to put the state on the board, either.

“We still view Kansas as a must-win state. A weak Republican candidate in Kansas is risky and a vote for Schumer as Senate leader,” said Scott Reed, senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He said the Chamber’s Political Advocacy Committee plans to meet the week after the filing deadline to discuss its involvement in the race.

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There’s been a flurry of activity in advance of the filing deadline. Marshall has been running TV ads for weeks. Hamilton, who loaned his campaign $2 million, is on airwaves touting himself as a pro-Trump conservative outsider. The Club for Growth has run ads attacking Marshall, while a pro-Marshall super PAC ran an ad attacking Kobach and the Club. Reed, meanwhile, said the Chamber has been “impressed” with Marshall, whom they’ve supported previously.

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