From the vantage point of November 2019, the chaos of Kris Kobachs initial year as governor seems inevitable. The ambitious Kobach, much like Sam Brownback, assumed that a small-state governorship could propel him into the national spotlight.
Remarkably, it has taken Kobach only a year to crash and burn, compared to Brownbacks entire first term.
In 2018, a clear majority of Kansas voters chose someone other than Kobach, who defeated Democrat Laura Kelly, 45 percent to 44 percent, with 11 percent of the electorate selecting Independent Greg Orman (8 percent) or two other Quixotic candidates. Although Republicans captured both legislative chambers, just half of these GOP legislators have actively supported him.