Now that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has again said he will not enter the 2020 open seat Kansas Senate race, movement is beginning to occur. Before the Pompeo statement, state Treasurer Jake LaTurner (R) had already declared his candidacy. Previously, Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Great Bend) indicated that he would likely be moving toward the Senate race now that Mr. Pompeo is out. Yesterday, Attorney General Derek Smith (R) confirmed reports that he, too, is considering becoming a Senate candidate. State Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) is also indicating that she will also enter the statewide contest.
With a primary not until August of 2020, much time remains for political jockeying. Veteran Senator Pat Roberts (R), who is serving his fourth Senate term after spending 16 years in the House, is retiring.
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