Despite US Secretary of State and former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita) repeatedly saying he is not running for retiring Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R) open seat, rumors and conjecture continue to be put forth that he will change his mind. It is clear that a Pompeo candidacy would likely put the seat safely in the Republican column since he has the best chance to bridge the internal Republican gap between the conservatives and moderates, hence state party leaders’ interest in seeing him run.
It will take some time to complete this recruitment dance, however. With the Kansas primary not scheduled until August, the candidate filing deadline won’t be scheduled until early June in 2020. Therefore, Mr. Pompeo actually has a long time in which to decide and much could change between now and then.
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