We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.
The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.
Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.
In 2010, the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, was challenged by a relatively late start in February of that year.
Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker says his party doesn't see Brownback as vulnerable to challengers.
Brownback hasn't formally kicked off his 2014 re-election campaign, but he's raising money for it.