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Marshall wins Kansas Senate primary

On Tuesday, Kansas Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall defeated the controversial Kris Kobach, the state’s former secretary of state, in the Republican Senate primary. The seat is an open race with the upcoming retirement of longtime Sen. Pat Roberts.

“Kansas Republicans knew what was at stake in this primary, and tonight’s results prove voters will reject any Democrat efforts to buy this seat,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “I’m more confident than ever Kansas will remain part of the Republican Senate Majority.”

There was major concern that Kobach, who is credited with allowing the Kansas governor’s office to go to a Democrat in 2018, would win the primary and again alienate independents and moderates. Kansas Republicans haven’t lost a Senate seat since 1932.

President Donald Trump stayed out of the race in Kansas but several other leaders and groups made endorsements. Roberts and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole jumped behind Marshall. So did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Farm Bureau, and Kansans for Life.

Roberts was happy with the election results.

“Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. Roger Marshall, on clinching the Kansas Republican nomination for U.S. Senate,” he tweeted.

Marshall will now go on to face the well-funded Democratic nominee, State Sen. Barbara Bollier. Also a doctor and former Republican, Bollier got national attention when she switched parties in 2018.

Young says that Bollier is hand-picked by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“Roger Marshall is a principled conservative who has, and will, deliver for Kansas families, and I look forward to him defeating Chuck Schumer’s hand-picked candidate, Barbara Bollier, this November,” he said.

Bollier doesn’t seem worried about the general election. She slammed Republicans for attempting to eliminate Obamacare during a national pandemic and for being too partisan.

“It doesn’t matter who our opponent in #KSSen is, we know that they’ll be a hyper-partisan working to take healthcare coverage from thousands of Kansans in the middle of a pandemic. That’s for sure,” Bollier tweeted.

Marshall got an important call during his victory speech. Trump called and was placed on speakerphone where he congratulated Marshall on a great race in front of supporters.

“Keeping the Republican majority is at stake, the Republican majority in this country may well go through Kansas and we are the backstop” Marshall said.

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