We are watching a fascinating, bold and audacious effort by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. to steal the U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.
While Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is retiring after four terms, this would normally be a safe Republican seat. In fact, no Democrat has won a U. S. Senate seat from Kansas since 1932. This 82-year record of Republican senators (since the election of Sen. Clyde Reed in 1938) is the longest of any state in the country.
The Democrats are running State Senator Barbara Bollier, a Republican-turned-Democrat. She would normally be expected to run a good race, get 45 percent or less, and stay in Kansas.
However, Schumer and the Washington Democrats have come up with a clever scheme to change history, break the Republicans’ biggest winning streak and steal the Kansas seat to help take over a majority in the US Senate.
The general problem for Republicans is a crowded primary Tuesday. The specific problem for Republicans is Kris Kobach, the former secretary of state in Kansas. He is seen as being too far to the right. In fact, when he ran for governor in 2018, he only received 43 percent of the vote – a poor showing for a Republican in this state.
As Rollcall put it on June 8: “Kobach is viewed as a headache for Republicans because his 43 percent showing against Kelly was the worst by a statewide GOP candidate in at least a decade.... The Democrats’ best and maybe only, bet continues to be against Kobach.”
Kobach is seen as so unacceptable that one poll shows 29 percent of GOP primary voters would support Bollier instead.
Ironically, even though Kobach is arguably the most conservative candidate in the race, his unpopularity has made him the Schumer candidate.
The Democrats understand that if they can help Kobach win the Republican primary, they will dramatically increase their chances of winning a Kansas U. S. Senate seat for the first time since 1932. So, that is exactly what they are doing.
The Democrats have invented Sunflower State PAC, which has already spent $2.5 million propping up Kobach and attacking Congressman Roger Marshall, R-Kan. The PAC will spend another $2.2 million against Marshall before the primary Tuesday.
As James Arkin reported in Politico on Jul... (Read more)
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