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Politics, Elections and Government

Moderate GOP Group Backs Democratic Candidate For Kansas Secretary Of State

More than 70 former Kansas lawmakers, all of them Republicans, have endorsed the Democrat in the Secretary of State race.

Traditional Republicans for Common Sense is backing Jean Schodorf, a Democrat, over incumbent Republican Kris Kobach. Founder Jim Yonally, a former state Representative, from Overland Park, says the decision to back Schodorf is partly because Kobach has embraced what Yonally sees as a stridently conservative political agenda.

Yonally says his group draws from generations of moderate Kansas Republican leaders.

"There are three speakers of the House on there, there are three Presidents of the Senate, and then a host of committee chairs," Yonally said. "So these people, they’ve been through the wars and done what was needed to make Kansas function properly."

Kobach says he’s not worried about the endorsement. He says Traditional Republicans for Common Sense is about as Republican as he is a Democrat.

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