GOP hopefuls struggle to stand out as primary vote nears


National News

July 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Democrat Paul Davis awaits the winner among seven GOP primary contenders: top row, left to right, Steve Fitzgerald, Kevin Jones, Dennis Pyle, Caryn Tyson; bottom row, Vernon Fields, Doug Mays, and Steve Watkins. KCUR.ORG

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ decision not to seek re-election drew seven fellow Republicans eager to take over the seat from the Kansas 2nd Congressional District.

That’s left them elbowing for ways to stand out in the crowded field — and face a politically formidable Democrat in one of the few dozen districts across the country where oddsmakers see at least a plausible chance of a seat flipping from red to blue in the mid-term election.

Whoever wins the Aug. primary will take on Paul Davis, a well-funded Democrat who lost the 2014 general election race for governor to Sam Brownback. In that race, he beat the Republican in the 2nd Congressional District.

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