State GOP leader launches Senate bid



July 25, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Kanas Senate President Susan Wagle. FILE PHOTO

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner Kris Kobach.

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle posted a video for supporters on a campaign website portraying her as a “relentless fighter” for conservative political causes. The Wichita Republican filed paperwork Tuesday evening with the Federal Election Commission forming a campaign committee after months of considering the race for the GOP nomination next year.

She is seeking the seat held by four-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who is not running for reelection in 2020. At least 19 prospective candidates have expressed an interest, and Kobach, an early and vocal ally of President Donald Trump who lost last year’s governor’s race to Democrat Laura Kelly, kicked off his campaign this month.

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