Even in GOP bastion Kansas, 2 congressional seats in play

July 02, 2018 - 12:04 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Competitive races for two of Kansas' four U.S. House seats are making Republicans sweat to keep their all-GOP delegation.

Those races are in a state where President Donald Trump won by nearly 21 points and his biggest local ally, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a leading candidate for governor.

Democrats and liberal activists are stoked by dislike of Trump. Republicans have been issuing warnings for months to their conservative base.

Incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder was destined to be a target in the 3rd District after Trump narrowly lost its Kansas City-area urban neighborhoods and comfortable-to-posh suburbs.

Trump won handily in the neighboring 2nd District. But GOP incumbent Lynn Jenkins retired, spurring a seven-person primary to take on a strong Democrat.

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