Roger Marshall wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2020 at 9:30 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Associated Press) - Kansas Republicans have nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate instead of polarizing conservative Kris Kobach.

Voters on Tuesday heeded the GOP establishment’s advice for keeping a normally safe seat out of play, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others could not persuade President Donald Trump to endorse Marshall.

Many Republicans worried about Kobach winning the nomination because the former Kansas secretary of state is known nationally for advocating restrictive immigration polices and lost the 2018 Kansas governor’s race after alienating independent and moderate Republican voters.

Marshall faces Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the November election for retiring four-term, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts’ seat. She’s raised more than $8 million for her campaign.

Republicans haven’t lost a Senate contest in Kansas since 1932.

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