Congressional candidate hears Allen County’s story

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April 6, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas 2nd Congressional District candidate Paul Davis met with a dozen area civic leaders on Thursday. REGISTER/ SUSAN LYNN

After an upset by the Democratic candidate in a special House election in Pennsylvania last month and an unexpected rout by the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court last week, political forecasters are now turning their attention to Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District, where energy seems to be coalescing around former state lawmaker Paul Davis.

RealClearPolitics, a site that aggregates polls, has removed the 2nd District race from the “leans Republican” category and is now calling it a “tossup.” And the group Public Policy Polling shows the centrist-Democrat Davis with a slim lead over a “generic Republican candidate.”

And “generic” may actually be a loving description of the field, confess even some Republicans. The Kansas City Star cited an anonymous GOP consultant, who called the candidates running in the eastern Kansas district — who include state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth and state Sen. Caryn Tyson of Parker — “maybe the weakest field in a Republican seat that you will ever find.”

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