TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) With Jeff Sessions out as U.S. Attorney General, there's a lot of speculation on a replacement.
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, holds a stack of papers as he meets with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. A federal judge ordered Kobach to disclose as part of a lawsuit challenging the state's voter registration requirements proposed changes to a federal voting law that he was photographed taking to the meeting. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson gave Kobach until Friday, May 12 to hand them over to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the Kansas voters and the League of Women Voters in that federal lawsuit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
One name already being mentioned is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
After losing in the Kansas governor's race Tuesday night to Democrat Laura Kelly, Kobach said he plans to finish his term as secretary of state.
But what happens next?
Many speculate the loss will only propel him into President Donald Trump's administration.
Seconds after his concession speech on Tuesday, Kobach supporters were already prodding about a potential future in Washington, D.C.
"Is Marine One waiting to take you to Washington?" asked one person.
When the president came to Kansas in October to stump for Kobach, he said a loss in Kansas would be a gain for his administration.
"I would've loved to have brought him into my administration. In fact, if he loses, I'll bring him into my administration in two seconds. I hope he loses cause I want him so badly, but don't do that," said the Trump.
Tuesday night, Kobach said he hadn't talked to the president about it.
"I have not had those discussions with the president but it was an interesting joke, that's for sure," he said.
Kobach, a longtime Trump ally worked as an advisor on his transition team and co-chaired the president's voter fraud committee which was dissolved less than a year later.
Campaign visits from the president and Vice President Pence weren't enough to boost Kobach to a victory in the governor's race. Kobach said his future is unclear
"Pray about it, and see what the next step is in my life, but I'd like to serve in whatever capacity it looks like I can move the ball the best," he said.
Eyewitness News has reached out to Kobach's campaign Wednesday to see if he's had a chance to talk to President Trump but haven't gotten an answer yet.
Attorney General Sessions' replacement will likely not be confirmed until after the new Congress is convened in January.