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Seg. 1: Will A Controversial Candidate Hurt GOP In Kansas' 2nd District? Seg. 2: Indie Film Critics.

Steve Watkins for U.S. Congress
Steve Watkins' win in the GOP primary for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District came as a surprise to many. Watkins was criticized for meetings he took with Democrats before declaring his candidacy as a Republican.

Segment 1: This reliably Republican Congressional District could be a toss-up, come November.

A relatively unknown Republican candidate's victory in the primaries came as a surprise to many in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, but it has given Democrats new hope that their nominee for the seat, Paul Davis, might have a chance to flip that political territory. We spoke with GOP insiders to gauge their support for and coalescence around newcomer Steve Watkins, and asked Statehouse reporters about the Democrat he's facing in the midterm.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:04: The return of the indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics.

This month’s crop of theatrical releases shows how well — and sometimes how badly — friends, family and fans deal with other individuals seen as somehow imperfect or different. Today, the Film Critics came prepared to review "Puzzle," "Papillon," "Far From the Tree," "McQueen," "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood," "Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Nico, 1988," "BlacKkKlansman," and "Eighth Grade."

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