Kansas GOP changes with the times

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Opinion

September 30, 2019 - 10:27 AM

An early look at the Republicans in Kansas running for the U.S. Senate underscores how far the party has strayed on some issues.

Not all of the GOP’s values have changed. The party still opposes legal abortions, for example. But under President Donald Trump, it no longer supports free trade or reducing federal debt.

Most Republican candidates seem happy to pay homage to the president in exchange for possible endorsements. In many races, Trump’s support has helped push Republicans to victory. But not everywhere. Here in Kansas, former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach lost the governor’s race to Democrat Laura Kelly, despite Trump’s support.

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