Party-switching lawmaker ends bid for state Senate seat


State News

January 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A lawmaker who made national headlines for switching to the Democratic Party has ended her campaign for a state Senate seat and will run for re-election to the House instead.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park said Tuesday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly encouraged her last week to drop out of the Senate race.

Clayton’s decision to run for the Senate had set up an August primary contest with Ethan Corson of Fairway. Corson is a former executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party. 

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