Former Kansas US Attorney Barry Grissom (D), who served in that position for six years of the Obama Administration, said he plans to announce his US Senate campaign on July 1st. Former one-term Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Topeka), who was defeated for re-election in 2008, also says she is considering entering the Senate race.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R) is retiring, meaning his Kansas seat will be open in the 2020 election cycle. Republicans, however, appear to be hanging back waiting to see if US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return to the state and run. Though Mr. Pompeo has repeatedly said he will not do so, speculation runs rampant that he will reverse his previous stance.
If the Secretary does not launch a Senate campaign, we can expect 1st District Congressman Roger Marshall (R-Great Bend), who now has over $1.26 million in his congressional bank account and raised over $700,000 in first quarter 2019, to declare his candidacy.
The Kansas seat should remain in the Republican column, but a party split concerning KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach after he barely won the gubernatorial nomination and did not unify the party behind his general election candidacy allowed Democrat Laura Kelly to snatch the 2018 Governor’s election. With Kobach a possible Senate candidate next year, Mr. Grissom hopes that history will repeat itself.
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