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Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

August 16, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it.

The wooing of President Donald Trump's top diplomat to run for Senate stems in part out of GOP fears that the party could nominate a more divisive Trump ally, Kris Kobach, The former Kansas secretary of state and advocate of tough immigration policies lost the governor's race last year.

Pompeo is a former Kansas congressman and is considered a shoo-in if he chooses to run.

Republicans are worried about how hard they'll have to work to keep the seat despite the GOP's unbroken string of Senate victories in the state dating back nearly 90 years.

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