VP Pence will stump for Kobach, Watkins in Kansas next week

TOPEKA, Kan. — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Kansas next week for events to help Republicans Kris Kobach and Steve Watkins in their campaigns for governor and Congress.

Kobach's campaign says Pence will come Oct. 18 to Wichita for an event to show his support for Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state. Kobach's campaign said the details still are being worked out.

Watkins' campaign announced Wednesday that Pence will have a private Oct. 19 fundraiser for the candidate's campaign in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas. While the details still are being settled, tickets will start at $250.

Pence's events will come less than two weeks after President Donald Trump had a rally in Topeka aimed at helping Kobach and Watkins in a state Trump carried easily in 2016.

Pence visited Springfield, Missouri, on Monday in an effort to bolster Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Tod Palmer of 41 Action News contributed to this report.

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