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President Trump coming to Kansas, what it could mean for Kansas gubernatorial race

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - It is rare when a sitting president comes to Kansas for the purpose of supporting a political candidate.

And it's even more rare to support a candidate for governor.

It's certainly not a surprise to political junkies that Kris Kobach and President Donald Trump know each other.     

The president will be in Topeka on Saturday to stump for Kobach for governor. But political analysts say Kobach may not be the only candidate to benefit from President Trump coming to Kansas.

Keep in mind there are five candidates for governor right now. Of course Kris Kobach is the Republican candidate. Laura Kelly is the Democrat, and she is well-known, having been in the Kansas Senate since 2005.

Also, the Independent candidate is Greg Orman and analysts say he will draw votes from both Democrats and Republicans in some cases.

KSN political analyst Jeff Jarman says the Democrat camp of Laura Kelly will already be trying to paint Kobach as too close to the president, who can be seen as controversial to some. That move could potentially give a boost to Kobach and Kelly both.

"While Kobach will get the benefit of the president coming, Kelly and her supporters will get the benefit of having more evidence of who Kobach is," said Jeff Jarman.

Keep in mind Independent Greg Orman could pull from both sides, so those political analysts will be very interested to see what impact the president's visit will have on the campaigns.

Laura Kelly's campaign released a statement today saying, "Kris Kobach can bring in whoever he'd like to try to convince Kansans we need to repeat Sam Brownback's failed experiment, but it's unlikely to work." 

Kelly and Kobach will face off against Libertarian candidate Jeff Caldwell, and Independents Rick Kloos and Greg Orman.

The general election will be held November 6.

KSN will be in Topeka Saturday for the President Trump's visit. We will stream the speech on KSN.com and bring you complete coverage on KSN News at 10:00 p.m.


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