Courtship of Pompeo clouds 2020 Senate race

State News

January 25, 2019 - 4:35 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least eight Kansas Republicans have expressed interest in running for the Senate seat Pat Roberts will be leaving after four terms, but a big cloud hovers over the potential 2020 field as some in the party nudge U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to enter the race.

Pompeo deflected such talk on Wednesday during a television interview on Fox News, declaring that his “singular focus” now is his work as the nation’s top diplomat. But he also stopped short of ruling out the idea.

The interest in Pompeo reflects a desire by some GOP leaders to unify in the Republican-leaning state ahead of what could be a difficult election year nationally for the party.

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