Topeka’s CBS News affiliate reports:
Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach filed his paperwork for candidacy in the Senate primary this afternoon at the Secretary of State’s Office.
Kobach said he believes a “proven conservative voice” is needed in Kansas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kobach also said the U.S. should lessen their dependency on China and reassess their relationship with them.
Kobach and Congressman Roger Marshall are the leading Republican candidates. Marshall announced on Thursday that he has received an endorsement from the Kansans for Life Political Action Committee.
As I’ve previously reported, the Kansas GOP and national Republican leaders had begged Kobach not to enter the race, believing that if he becomes the nominee, the seat could be in play for the first time in decades. Mitch McConnell in particular has repeatedly implored Mike Pompeo to run for the seat.
Today, I filed to run for the Senate. It’s more important than ever that we send a conservative champion to DC. The Left is using the coronavirus to push a Leftist agenda to reshape America, and we need a Senator who will defend our Constitution and our conservative principles. pic.twitter.com/2okV1FVaCP
— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) May 28, 2020