FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a photo opportunity with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide at the State Department in Washington. At least eight Kansas Republicans have expressed interest in running for Senate next year, while others in the party continue to encourage U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to seek the job. Many Republicans believe Pompeo would be a lock to win the seat being vacated by Republican Pat Roberts, who is retiring after four terms. Pompeo does not seem interested much for now, saying his focus is on his work as the nation's top diplomat. But he's also stopped short of ruling the idea out. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

GOP courtship of Pompeo clouds 2020 Senate primary in Kansas

January 24, 2019 - 2:13 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least eight Kansas Republicans have expressed interest in running for Senate next year, while others in the party continue to encourage U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to seek the job.

Many Republicans believe Pompeo would be a lock to win the seat being vacated by Republican Pat Roberts, who is retiring after four terms. Pompeo previously represented a Wichita-area district in Congress.

Pompeo does not seem interested much for now, saying his focus is on his work as the nation's top diplomat. But he's also stopped short of ruling the idea out.

Some Republicans hope for party unity ahead of a potentially difficult election nationally. The GOP also is coming off Democrat Laura Kelly's victory in the governor's race last year.

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