Trump endorses Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in GOP primary for governor

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is endorsing controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in that state’s GOP gubernatorial primary.

In a Monday morning tweet ahead of the Tuesday contest, Trump says Kobach has his “full & total Endorsement!”

Kobach advised the Trump campaign and has continued to advise the White House on immigration and homeland security issues.

After the election, Kobach publicly backed Trump’s unsupported claim that “millions” of people voted illegally and cost him the popular vote.

Two White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, said last month that Trump was inclined to endorse Kobach. The officials said aides had encouraged him to hold off, warning his hawkish immigration views may make him the weaker candidate in this fall’s general election.

Gov. Jeff Colyer’s spokesman released this statement to KSN following President Trump’s endorsement of Kris Kobach.

We respect the Trump family’s loyalty, but as Bob Dole made clear in his endorsement of the Governor — Dr. Colyer is the best candidate to win tomorrow and is the only candidate who can defeat the Democrats in the Fall.

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