Kobach loses U.S. Senate seat in Kansas primary

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

Kobach is a former Kansas secretary of state who, according to GLAAD, previously compared marriage equality to polygamy and drug use, accused the Human Rights Campaign of promoting "homosexual peadophilia", suggested that greater numbers of legal Hispanic immigrants could lead to "ethnic cleansing" in the U.S. and advised that Donald Trump create a "Muslim registry".

In District 2, where Clack did not seek re-election, Charles Winrey won the Democratic primary in a close race and has no Republican opponent in the November election.

Kansas is one of five states holding primary elections Tuesday, with Democratic voters in MI and Missouri refereeing the latest disputes between the younger, far-left activists pushing for a more ideologically aggressive Congress as opposed to an older, more establishment-friendly liberal base.

Nextdoor in Missouri's Democratic race, longtime incumbent William Lacy Clay was ousted by progressive challenger Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter activist.


Marshall, 59, was supported by establishment Republicans who feared a polarizing figure like Kobach could lose the traditionally Republican seat to Democrats, who could gain control of the Senate. Pat Roberts, who is retiring.

The GOP already faces a potentially tough year in trying to retain its 53-47 Senate majority with competitive races in other states, including Arizona, Colorado and Maine.

Besides besting Kobach, Marshall prevailed in a crowded GOP primary field with the backing of major farm, business and anti-abortion groups but without an endorsement from President Trump. Trump had backed Kobach a day before that Republican primary, which Kobach won by a very slim margin. She was endorsed by the Justice Democrats, the same left-wing group that helped launch progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018.

In the race to replace Courts, Democrat Domonique Clemons defeated Donald Wright, setting up a November general election against Republican Anthony O'Neal Wilson in District 4.


Many Republicans were nervous about the Senate race because the presumed Democratic nominee, state Sen. Jones, 60, lost to Tlaib by fewer than 1,000 votes two years ago.

Tlaib, 44, is a member of the "Squad", four female freshmen, including Ocasio-Cortez, who have become the face of the House's liberal wing.

Republican Martha McSally was appointed to the seat in 2018 and is facing a challenge from businessman Daniel McCarthy.

Trump did throw his support behind Kobach's 2018 run for governor, which Kobach lost by five points to Democrat Laura Kelly.


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