Independent puts $650K into Kansas governor bid

The primary is Aug. 7

July 31, 2018 - 10:08 pm

A businessman running for Kansas governor as an independent has donated $650,000 of his own funds to his campaign.

Greg Orman's contributions allowed his campaign to raise $1.3 million in cash. A Republican candidate, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, made similar moves by borrowing heavily from his businessman running mate.

Orman has yet to submit the petitions with the required signatures from 5,000 registered voters, but it has already started running television ads. The Kansas City-area businessman made national headlines in 2014 by running as an independent for the U.S. Senate.

On the Republican side, Kobach has raised $1.7 million, which includes more than $1.5 million in loans from his running mate, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman. Kobach is challenging Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer, who has raised $834,000 since the beginning of the year.

The primary is Aug. 7.

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