Six outgoing Kansas Republican state senators have endorsed the chamber's Democratic leader in his bid for re-election.

All six of those announcing their support Friday for Minority Leader Anthony Hensley are considered GOP moderates.

They include Senate Vice President John Vratil, who decided against running for re-election this year, and five who lost their primary races to Republican conservatives. Those five are Dwayne Umbarger, Jean Schodorf, Pete Brungardt, Roger Reitz and Ruth Teichman.