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GOP Chair Wants Two Senate Candidates to Drop Out of Race

A top party official is calling on two Republican candidates to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

Party chairman Mike Kuckelman wrote to Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle and former Johnson County Commissioner Dave Lindstrom in letters obtained by The Kansas City Star to tell them that they lack a viable path to the nomination to replace retiring Senator Pat Roberts, noting in part their weak fundraising,

Wagle has roughly $515,000 cash on hand, and Lindstrom – a former Kansas City Chiefs player – about $266,000, with much of the money for both of them coming from personal loans.

Shannon Golden, the state party’s executive director, said the party is attempting to set up a clear choice for voters between Kris Kobach, who served as Kansas secretary of state before losing the 2018 governor’s race, and U.S. Representative Roger Marshall of western Kansas.

Neither Wagle nor Lindstrom planned to take the advice.

Wagle’s campaign spokesman Matt Beynon said that Wagle would win the primary and win in November.

Lindstrom acknowledged that he faced “a challenge”, but insisted that he could win.


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