Four-term US Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Overland Park/ Kansas City) faced a competitive 3rd District re-election campaign last year, a challenge he won 51-41% even while Hillary Clinton topped President Trump by a percentage point in his metro Kansas City congressional district. Since the election, speculation has surfaced that Mr. Yoder would enter the crowded open Governor’s race. This weekend, reports coming from individuals close to Yoder claim the Congressman rates himself as a 50/50 chance to still run for Governor.
Republicans already vying to replace term-limited Gov. Sam Brownback (R) are Secretary of State Kris Kobach, businessman Wink Hartman, and former state Rep. Ed O’Malley, with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) expected to soon announce his gubernatorial candidacy. Therefore, should Mr. Yoder run, his path even to the GOP nomination appears a difficult one.
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