Skip to comments.GOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary
Posted on 08/02/2020 4:13:23 PM PDT by RandFan
Republican officials are scrambling to head off potential political trouble in Kansas, fearing that the states Senate seat could come into play for Democrats if Kris Kobach emerges victorious in a GOP primary on Tuesday.
Senate Republican leaders are backing Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) for the nomination, believing that he has the best chance of holding down retiring Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-Kan.) seat for the GOP.
Polling in the Senate primary has been scarce. While most Republicans believe Marshall has the advantage in the race, there are growing concerns that Kobach, the controversial former Kansas secretary of state and a staunch ally of President Trump, may eke out a win on Tuesday.
Things have tightened considerably, one Kansas Republican operative familiar with the race said. I think everybody working for Marshall felt pretty good for a while, but hes not as comfortable as he was a week ago.
Kobach has benefited in recent weeks from a surge in outside spending aimed at boosting his primary campaign. Earlier this month, a super PAC with ties to Democrats began airing television ads in Kansas, casting Kobach as a firm ally of Trump who wont compromise on building the wall or getting tough on China.
At the same time, Kobach has received help from tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who has pumped nearly $1 million into a super PAC backing the former Kansas secretary of states Senate bid, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. That includes a $500,000 contribution made at the end of June.
In an effort to counter the pro-Kobach efforts, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went on the airwaves in Kansas earlier this month to boost Marshall ahead of the primary.
Democrats have largely united behind the campaign of state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a former Republican who left the party in 2018. She has repeatedly outraised both Marshall and Kobach since launching her Senate bid last year and will begin her general election with far more cash on hand than the eventual GOP nominee if she wins the Democratic nomination.
For now, Republicans have the advantage in Kansas, which hasnt elected a Democrat to the Senate since the Great Depression. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the contest as "Lean Republican."
But some Republicans fear that a win for Kobach on Tuesday would reverse their fortunes in Kansas. Kobach has often courted controversy with incendiary comments, and Republicans believe his strong stances on issues such as immigration could turn off more moderate voters.
Since launching his campaign a year ago, Kobach has yet to raise even $1 million and is heading into the primary with only about $136,000 in the bank. And what little polling there is in the Kansas Senate race shows Bollier with a narrow lead in a potential head-to-head match-up against Kobach.
Senate Republican polling reported on Thursday by The New York Times found that 30 percent of GOP primary voters would support the Democrat in the Kansas Senate race if Kobach becomes the nominee.
Democrats havent won a Senate race here since when? The 30s? a Republican strategist familiar with the Senate races said. Kobach is pretty much the only one who could ruin that.
There are several factors that have contributed to the Republican hand-wringing in the Kansas Senate race, including Kobachs loss in the states 2018 gubernatorial race to Democrat Laura Kelly.
Some Republicans have also become frustrated with Trumps refusal to endorse in the primary. The president endorsed Kobach during his 2018 race.
Marshall wasnt Senate Republican leaders first choice to fill Robertss seat. They sought for months to recruit Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for the seat race, though he ultimately declined to do so.
Still, Marshall has racked up a series of high-profile endorsements, including from Bob Dole, a former Kansas senator and Republican presidential nominee, and from the Chamber of Commerce, which launched a $400,000 ad campaign earlier this month to boost Marshall ahead of the primary.
Democrats need to flip three or four Republican-held Senate seats, depending on who wins the White House, to capture a majority in the chamber.
They are watching the Kansas GOP Senate primary closely, believing that the state could come into play in November and potentially add another pickup opportunity to their electoral map, which has expanded dramatically in recent months to include red states such as Georgia, Iowa and Montana in addition to longtime battlegrounds such as Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina.
Dr. Barbara Bollier is building a strong campaign focused on the issues Kansans care about most like access to affordable health care, shes outraising the entire Republican field combined, and shes well-positioned to take on whoever emerges from this very nasty and expensive primary, Stewart Boss, a spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), said.
Let the voters decide.
pisses me off when these limousine libtards continually work against conservatives. I can’t stand mitch mcconnell
GOPe still hasnt learned. We hate them.
The Democrats don't screw around with putting US Senate seats at risk - but the "Republicant's" routinely do it.
And I'm not talking about the Kobach side of it, or the McConnell side of it.
I'm talking BOTH.
It's like Alabama, where Roy Moore dropped the ball to Doug Jones.
But this is all right:
Earlier this month, a super PAC with ties to Democrats began airing television ads in Kansas, casting Kobach as a firm ally of Trump who wont compromise on building the wall or getting tough on China.
This is the same thing the Dems did in 2012 with Todd Akin. They're very clever. They know who the loser would be.
But “The Loser Kobach” won’t get the hint...
McConnell’s endorsement is hardly a positive for the GOP establishment.
Todd Akin destroyed himself. He had no one to blame but himself.
Trumps refusal to endorse a solid nationalist like Kobach speaks volumes. TRUMP HATES TO ENDORSE LOSERS.
For the life of me, I don't get why people want to re-run known losers. If you lose a statewide race as a Republican in Kansas (Kobach) or Alabama (Roy Moore), the GOP primary electorate absolutely should move on and find someone else.
And Kobach made his own bed, now he has to lie in it.
And why, pray tell, "Republican officials", would this seat come in to play for the Democrats if Kobach wins the nomination?
He surely will have your full-throated support, financially and otherwise, right? Just like the Democrats always go all out for their nominee, whoever it is, right?
You're not suggesting that you will form a "never Kobach" movement, are you?
I seem to remember this guy being good on immigration.
But this has to be some BS... Access to a government jet 24 hours a day. An office in the West Wing, plus guaranteed weekends off for family time. And an assurance of being made secretary of homeland security by November.
Those were among a list of 10 conditions that Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, has given to the White House if he is to become the administrations immigration czar,....NYT so probably is.
Guess they remember how he blundered away the governorship not even two full years ago.
...the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went on the airwaves in Kansas earlier this month to boost Marshall ahead of the primary....
Well, there you go. The open borders Chamber of Commerce is signaling who the globalists want and its not Kobach.
Because in 2018 Kobach lost the six largest counties in the state by an average of 20 points. And that was in a three way race against two Democrats.
Go Kobach ! Down with the RINO leftist Marshall !
Moore didn’t drop the ball, he was clusterf*cked by the corrupt RINO Establishment. Shelby and the like fixed it for Demonrat Jones.
They needs to be an entire FLUSH of those serving in the Senate and Congress, people who haven;t had the Beltway Virus and been drinking the Kool Aid from the Potomac.
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