GOP Relieved That Kris Kobach Didn’t Win Tuesday’s Senate Primary In Kansas

( Republicans are happy with the outcome of Tuesday’s Senate primary election in Kansas, but President Donald Trump may not be.

Representative Roger Marshall took down Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, in Tuesday’s Republican primary for a Senate seat.

Leaders in the Republican Party were hooping Marshall would win and take on Democratic state Senator Barbara Bollier in November’s election. Trump had supported Kobach in his failed 2018 bid for the Kansas governorship, though the president wasn’t as vocal this time around.

Republicans were concerned that a Kobach victory might spell doom for their party’s efforts to hang onto control of the Senate following November’s elections. Marshall and Bollier will battle it out for the seat currently held by Republican Senator Pat Roberts, who has announced his retirement.

Kobach concerned Republicans because he lost the gubernatorial race in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly, in a deeply red state. He is a controversial political figure in general. Some of his policies have focused on curbing illegal immigration. He’s also touted theories about widespread voter fraud, working directly with Trump and his administration back in 2018 on an investigation to look into voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

As David Kensinger, a political operative for the GOP, explained:

“You have sustained real-world trials and evidence and data that say that Kris Kobach is an extremely poor general election candidate who absolutely could be the first Republican to lose a Senate race in Kansas in over 80 years.”

That’s why the Republicans were so concerned about Kobach potentially emerging victorious in Tuesday’s primary election. They feel he would be a poor candidate come November, and could actually influence voters to choose a Democrat for the vital Senate seat.

Apparently, Democrats felt the same way, too.

A newly-formed PAC that supports Democrats launched attack ads against Marshall. The idea was by attacking Marshall, it could help Kobach at the polls in Tuesday’s primary, which in turn could boost the Democrat Bollier’s chances in November’s election.

Marshall has been serving in the House of Representatives since 2017. He has garnered endorsements and support from some prominent Republicans that include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Marshall raised $2.7 million in his race, while Kobach only brought in $934,000 in comparison.

Looking just at fundraising tallies, it seems this might be set up to be quite the battle in November. Kobach has raised almost $7.8 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2020 alone. That shattered the all-time quarterly record for any state or federal campaign in the history of Kansas.

Democrats see a potential opportunity to claim a Senate seat that hasn’t been occupied by a Democrat since 1932. While it’s still more likely than not that the Republican Marshall will be successful at the polls in November, it’s a battle that many GOPers were hoping not to have to fight.

Re-claiming the majority in the Senate will be vitally important for Republicans, especially as polling shows Trump behind his presumptive Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.