Assisted by a last-minute endorsement from President Trump, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach eked out a narrow primary victory over Gov. Jeff Colyer in Kansas' GOP gubernatorial primary. Kansas has struggled with a funding crisis since then-Gov. Sam Brownback enacted massive tax cuts, many of which were later overturned by the GOP-controlled statehouse. Brownback resigned from office earlier this year to join the Trump administration. Between lingering dissatisfaction with the Brownback administration and opposition to Kobach, whose hardline stances on voting rights have drawn national headlines, Democrats are optimistic about this competitive race in a traditionally red state. State Sen. Laura Kelly, the Democratic nominee, is keeping an eye on independent Greg Orman, who received more than 40% of the vote when he ran for Senate in 2014. The 2nd and 3rd congressional districts, featuring popular former state Rep. Paul Davis (D) and former White House fellow Sharice Davids (D), respectively, based in and around Kansas City, are both opportunities for Democrats to flip seats. If Davids succeeds, she could be one of the first Native American women elected to Congress.
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