Yesterday, President Trump nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) as the international US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, a position that recent legislation has greatly enhanced. Upon Gov. Brownback’s confirmation, he will resign the Governorship and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) will assume the state’s top job. The latter will then be able to run for a full term as the sitting incumbent. Mr. Colyer had not officially joined the Governor’s race, but was clearly planning to do so, and always understood that his chances of becoming the incumbent before the next election were actually quite high. This situation will continue to develop.
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