Former Kansas GOP Gov. Bill Graves endorses Democrat Laura Kelly

Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 12:37:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The game is on in the run-up to November’s general election.

On Tuesday, former Kansas Republican Gov. Bill Graves endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly.

In a video tweet, Kelly said Graves’ endorsement of her candidacy was the first time Graves had ever endorsed a Democrat.

Kelly is running against Republican Kris Kobach, who narrowly won his party’s primary last month against incumbent Jeff Coyler.

In a statement, Kobach campaign spokesperson Danedri Herbert remarked that Graves chose to support a liberal candidate.

Independent Greg Orman is also seeking the governor’s office. Orman’s campaign had originally planned a 2 p.m. news conference Tuesday for a campaign announcement in Overland Park, but that announcement was canceled by 11 a.m.