Big name replacements discussed for open Kansas senate seat

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Current Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, Kris Kobach and Roger Marshall are among potential candidates to run for the open 2020 senate seat left open by Pat Roberts’ retirement announced Friday, according to KSNT News political analyst Bob Beatty.

Kobach, current secretary of state, narrowly defeated Colyer in the republican primary for governor in 2018, but was unable to beat democrat Laura Kelly, who takes over the state this month.

Marshall is the congressman representing western Kansas and parts of northern Kansas, including Manhattan and Emporia.

Beatty said other potential candidates include Kevin Yoder, who recently lost his Kansas City area congress seat, attorney general Derek Schmidt, outgoing congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and state senator Susan Wagle.

“This is the plum job in Kansas politics,” Beatty said. “Once you win it you have a sweet job for life.”

Barry Grissom is the only democrat to announce a run for the seat. The former U.S. attorney for Kansas has mentioned democrats haven’t won a Kansas senate seat since 1932.

“Any republican that gets through the primary will have an 80 percent shot of winning the seat,” Beatty said.

Beatty said Roberts’ retirement sets up an interesting political season for 2020, where millions of dollars will be spent on advertising.

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December 31 2021 11:59 pm