Kobach launching run for US Senate in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the U.S. Senate race in Kansas (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says they're not looking forward former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's run for Senate.

The NRSC issued the following statement in response to Kobach's announcement.

“Just last year Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk. We know Kansans won’t let that happen and we look forward to watching the Republican candidate they do choose win next fall.”

Kobach filed Monday morning for the U.S. Senate currently held by Sen. Pat Roberts.

Wichita State's Political Science Chairman, Neal Allen, says while some republicans oppose Kobach running, some democrats welcome it.

"The democrats want Kobach because they clearly think he is the worst republican candidate and lots of republicans think that as well," said Allen.

Many fear the republican control in the senate would be at stake, but the Republican Party Chairman for Sedgwick County says his group won't let that happen.

"I'm sure one of our candidates is going to be able to do it and we are looking forward to seeing who that candidate will be," said Dalton Glasscock.

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9:55 a.m.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is launching a campaign to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Kobach filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission forming a campaign committee. He scheduled a speech Monday afternoon in Leavenworth.

He is seeking the Republican nomination for four-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts' seat. Roberts is not seeking re-election in 2020.

Some Republicans do not want Kobach to run for the Senate because he lost the governor's race last year to Democrat Laura Kelly.

Kobach is an advocate for tough immigration policies. He was an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump in 2016 but has frequently alienated GOP moderates.

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Kobach is joining a potentially crowded race which includes State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Dave Lindstrom on the Republicans side, and Nancy Boyda and former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom for the Democrats.

At least 16 prospective candidates have expressed an interest in the seat.

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9 a.m.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning to give a speech after months of considering a run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Kobach scheduled his event for Monday afternoon in Leavenworth. His announcement of the event did not provide any details about the topic.

But Kobach confirmed in January that he was considering running for the Republican nomination for four-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts' seat. Roberts is not seeking re-election in 2020.

Some Republicans do not want Kobach to run for the Senate because he lost the governor's race last year to Democrat Laura Kelly.

He has a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies. He was an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump in 2016 but has frequently alienated GOP moderates.

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