Former state House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D-Topeka) announced yesterday that he will enter the 2018 open seat primary for the seat that retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) is relinquishing. Mr. Davis was the party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2014, losing a 50-46% race to Gov. Sam Brownback (R). Though the 2nd CD is Republican in nature, a Democrat could have a chance under the right circumstances. In 2006, Democrat Nancy Boyda upset veteran GOP Rep. Jim Ryun, but would then lose to Ms. Jenkins two years later. So far, on the Republican side, state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald (R-Leavenworth) and Bashor City Councilman Vernon Fields have announced their candidacies. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, however, remains a potential GOP candidate.
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