June 16, 2021

Mike Pompeo just created a major headache for Senate Republicans

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision not to run for the open Senate seat in Kansas this November is a major blow to Republicans hoping to avoid a competitive race in one of the most GOP-friendly states in the country.

Had Pompeo, who represented the state’s 4th district from 2010 to 2016, run, he would have walked to the Republican nomination and been a heavy favorite to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R) in the fall. Without him, there is now the very real possibility that former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach winds up as the GOP Senate nominee — a prospect that could imperil the seat for Republicans.

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