Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

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May 28, 2020 - 8:58 pm
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Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says she will not seek election to the U.S. Senate. 

Wagle said Thursday that “personal and political trials” in the last year and her concern that a divisive Republican primary could give the seat to a Democrat prompted her decision not to run. 
The announcement leaves U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall of western Kansas and former Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the main GOP rivals for the nomination. 

Wagle cited difficulty raising campaign funds, her fight with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and her daughter's death as factors in her decision.


Responding to her decision the Sedgwick County Republican Party issued the following statement:

On behalf of the Sedgwick County Republican Party, thank you Senator Wagle.

Senator Wagle started her professional career as a public-school teacher and small business owner. When she saw that Topeka was broken, she left her life in the private sector and entered the public arena where she went on to become the first woman to serve as Kansas Senate President.

Susan is a fighter.

From battling cancer, to fighting for conservative values, Susan meets a task head-on and wins. 

Today, Senator Wagle decided not to file for U.S. Senate in order to avoid a "primary fight that will divide our Party or hurt my colleagues in the state legislature." You can read her full statement here. 

The State of Kansas and the United States of America would have been fortunate to have Sedgwick County's conservative hero and friend, Senator Wagle, in Washington D.C. The SCRP looks forward to seeing what lies ahead for Senator Wagle and thanks her again for her steadfast leadership. 

Ad Astra, 

Dalton Glasscock 
Chairman 

 

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