Treasurer abandons Senate bid to challenge Watkins

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September 5, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is leaving the U.S. Senate race to challenge the 2nd Congressional District incumbent Steve Watkins. JIM MCLEAN / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead launch a primary challenge against Republican Congressman Steve Watkins.

LaTurner said he’s switching his efforts to run for the 2nd District, arguing that Watkins isn’t running a good campaign and it could cost the Republican Party the seat.

“Second District residents deserve a solid conservative fighter they can count on,” LaTurner said in a news release, adding later, “We must nominate a Republican that can win the general election and fight for our principles.”

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