The Hill reports:
The filing deadline for primary candidates competing to run in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas passed Monday without notice from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was earlier tapped as a promising choice for the GOP.
The Kansas race is viewed as a key seat for Republicans to win in an effort to keep control of the Senate come November, with GOP senators defending 23 seats across the country.
“The conventional wisdom is that if Kris Kobach is the nominee, then it can be a competitive race,” said Patrick Miller, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, about Republicans’ trepidation heading towards November.
Mitch McConnell had repeatedly begged Pompeo to enter the race and Pompeo teased that possibility with multiple trips the state in recent months.