It has been 88 years since Kansas last sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. But Republican Party leaders in the state are growing concerned that division in their party could see their decades-long run come to an end.
Currently only four seats in the Senate are open, and Kansas has one of them after Pat Roberts announced his intent to not run for a fifth term. The Sunflower State has traditionally been a reliable GOP stronghold. But next month's Republican primary, which has 11 candidates seeking the party's slot, has become an expensive, high stakes battleground between two of the candidates: Kris Kobach and Roger Marshall.
Donna Lippoldt of the Wichita-based Culture Shield Network says it's largely a toss-up between Kobach, who is pro-life, and Marshall, who has pro-choice connections. Lipholdt lists Kobach's credentials.
"He was assistant attorney general to the United States under John Ashcroft. He handled all the litigation at that time; and he is a Harvard, Oxford, Yale graduate, a Rhodes Scholar. He was our secretary of state here in Kansas for eight years," she summarizes.
In contrast, Lippoldt has questions about Marshall and his association with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She says the candidate claims to "trust the heart of Bill Gates" – a known eugenicist and pro-abort who has funneled millions of dollars into international pro-abortion organizations that work in Third World countries.
The Republican primary is August 4; the winner will face liberal Democrat Barbara Bollier, who is currently serving in the Kansas Senate. FiveThirtyEight polling shows an extremely tight race regardless if it's Kobach or Marshall on the GOP ticket.
8/6/2020 - Corrected spelling of Donna Lippoldt's last name