Mann wins GOP primary in Kansas 1st

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

The last time a Republican candidate lost an election for a Senate seat representing Kansas was 1932.

Both of those House seats are safely in Democratic hands and will not impact the size of the majority, but the Kansas Senate primary could open up another road map for Democrats to pick up the net gain of four seats they need in November to win the majority in that chamber.

Roberts, 84, served in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1997 when he won election to the U.S. Senate, a seat he'd held ever since.

The victor of Kansas' Republican Senate primary on Tuesday could ultimately decide which party controls the Senate and who is the chamber's next leader: Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (left) or Democratic Sen.

Many Republicans' fears about Kobach fueled ad campaigns that cost at least $15 million, with most of the spending by political action committees.

The GOP already faces a potentially tough year in trying to retain its 53-47 Senate majority with competitive races in other states, including Arizona, Colorado and Maine. Kobach is nationally known for advocating restrictive immigration policies and alienated independent and moderate GOP voters in losing the Kansas governor's race in 2018.

Tlaib, who made national headlines her first day in office in January 2019 by crudely guaranteeing to impeach Trump, faces off against Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president who lost the 2018 race by just 900 votes.

Peter Thiel endorsed Donald Trump before his 2016 election, and donated more than $1 million to the now-president's campaign. Voters in Arizona and Washington state also are casting ballots. A ballot can be counted as along as it is postmarked on Tuesday or before, and it arrives by 5:00 Friday evening.

In the state of MI, focus Tuesday will be on the 13th congressional district where Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones.

Looking ahead to November, Bollier tops the fundraising pool with almost $7.8 million raised - an indication she may be positioned to make a strong play in a state that has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.

Marshall and Bollier, a former Republican and retired anesthesiologist, will compete for the seat now held by GOP Sen.

The super PAC, which Thiel poured nearly $1 million into, funded mailers which accused Marshall of having voted to support "transgender plays" and "Rosie O'Donnell summer camp".

The race was among a number of Congressional primary contests in five USA states on Tuesday.

According to Recode, Thiel put $850,000 into a super PAC funding Kobach's campaign and Patrick Miller, a political scientist at the University of Kansas, described the billionaire as "the lifeblood of the pro-Kobach campaign".

Republicans in Washington had expressed alarm at Kobach's candidacy and unsuccessfully tried to recruit Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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