FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., waves to the crowd during a parade in Overland Park, Kan. Yoder has never been in this much political trouble in his eastern Kansas congressional seat. Yoder is seeking his fifth term and is one of 25 GOP incumbents running for re-election in a district that President Donald Trump lost in 2016. He’s facing a unique opponent in Democrat Sharice Davids. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel File)

Kansas 'vanilla' GOP congressman struggles versus unique foe

October 04, 2018 - 12:13 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder has never been in this much political trouble in his eastern Kansas congressional seat.

Yoder is seeking his fifth term and is one of 25 GOP incumbents running for re-election in a district that President Donald Trump lost in 2016.

He trailed his novice Democrat in a recent poll, and the House Republican campaign committee canceled $1.2 million in ad spending.

Now Democrat Sharice Davids is even acting a bit like an incumbent by limiting her participation in debates and dropping out of one Wednesday.

She has gained national attention as a Native American and LGBT lawyer who has fought mixed martial arts bouts.

They're running in a Kansas City-area district that Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won in the 2016 presidential race.

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