Election 2018

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Political forecasters attempting to gauge the chances for a power shift in Congress are watching several key 2018 races across the country, including two in Kansas.

In the 3rd District, several Democrats are competing for the right to challenge four-term Republican Kevin Yoder, and in the 2nd District, a former Democratic candidate for governor hopes to claim an open seat.

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Olathe businessman Greg Orman launched an independent campaign for governor Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his political plans.

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Donald Trump Jr. appeared at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Overland Park, Kansas, for Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is one of 11 people running for the Republican nomination for governor of Kansas.

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KanCare expansion advocates are already setting their sights on potential future state lawmakers in their push to get expansion legislation passed next year.

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The Republican candidates for Kansas governor will square off for their first debate in February. There are currently around a dozen GOP candidates running for the job.

Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold said in a statement that the Feb. 17 event in Wichita will be the first of several meetings for the candidates.

“Our debate schedule will visit all four congressional districts to make sure Republican voters all-across Kansas have the opportunity to hear from the candidates for governor," Arnold said.

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Former Kansas lawmaker Jim Barnett, who hopes to be the next governor, called Thursday for another $600 million in public school funding.

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A Wichita entrepreneur has entered the race for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. Laura Lombard will go up against former 4th District candidate James Thompson in next year’s Democratic primary.

Laura Lombard is CEO of an online workforce training company, and is the founder and former director of a trade association focused on the Middle East. She launched her campaign Saturday at the Service Employees International Union building in Wichita.

In a video announcement, Lombard says she wants to be a strong voice in Washington to represent Kansas families.

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The four teenagers running to be the next governor of Kansas were tested Thursday at a forum organized by their peers at Lawrence Free State High School.

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National Democrats are targeting three-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder as vulnerable in their attempt to retake Congress in 2018.

Six Democrats are competing for the right to challenge Yoder next November.

If third-quarter campaign finance reports are any indication, the Republican incumbent's campaign is mounting a serious defense.

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Olathe businessman Greg Orman is close to announcing an independent run for governor in Kansas but has not made a final decision, according to several sources.

Greg Orman gave Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts a scare in 2014 running as an independent.

Now, the wealthy Olathe businessman is preparing to enter a Kansas governor’s race already teeming with candidates.

Speaking on background, sources close to Orman confirm that he’s done polling and is interviewing prospective campaign staff. But, they insist he hasn’t made a final decision.

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