Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats in Kansas might be cheering that President Donald Trump’s pick for governor — Secretary of State Kris Kobach — has emerged from a fiercely contested primary. But they face considerable challenges as they look to take back the governor’s mansion after eight years of Republican control.
Democrat Laura Kelly, a longtime state senator, will have to navigate the popularity of Trump among state Republicans and the prospect of an independent candidate who could pick off the moderates and independents she needs to defeat Kobach in November.
Kobach, who has earned a national reputation for his tough stance on illegal immigration and voting rights, also has challenges as he looks to maintain Republican control of the governor’s mansion. He must unify Republicans after his razor-thin win over Gov. Jeff Colyer.