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Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

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Posted at 4:01 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 17:02:52-04

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says she will not seek election to the U.S. Senate.

Wagle said Thursday that “personal and political trials” in the last year and her concern that a divisive Republican primary could give the seat to a Democrat prompted her decision not to run.

The announcement leaves U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall of western Kansas and former Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the main GOP rivals for the nomination.

Wagle cited difficulty raising campaign funds, her fight with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and her daughter's death as factors in her decision.