A source familiar with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strategy told The Rundown that the GOP establishment is terrified at the prospects of Kris Kobach winning a U.S. Senate seat.
“The NRSC knows Kobach can win a primary,” the source, a D.C. political consultant, told The Rundown. “Mitch [McConnell] and the NRSC are desperate to keep change agents out of the U.S. Senate. Mitch and the rest of the open-borders GOP know that smaller states like Kansas and Alabama are a danger to them, because a real border hawk can win easily in places like those.”
Kobach announced his U.S. Senate bid Monday, and was met with extreme hostility from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
“Just last year, Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate majority at risk. We know Kansans won’t let that happen, and we look forward to watching the Republican candidate they do choose win next fall,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez.
But the source told The Rundown that Kobach absolutely can win, and that the proof is in the amount of votes garnered by Kobach in the gubernatorial race referenced by Rodriquez.
“Just look at the numbers,” the source said. “Kobach hauled in more votes in the 2018 primary race for governor than Pat Roberts did in his 2014 Senate primary.”
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is widely viewed as an establishment GOP member. In an off-year, statewide primary Kobach pulled in 128,000 votes. Roberts only managed 127,000 votes in his 2014 primary, barely eking out a a victory against challenger Milton Wolf. That fact is proof, the source said, that Kansas voters are more conservative than their elected officials.
The source also noted that the establishment GOP is using Democrat talking points to bash Kobach – effectively siding with the political left against him.
GOP strategist John Suhn bashed Kobach in The Wichita Eagle.
“Republicans gave Kris Kobach the opportunity to defeat Dennis Moore and Laura Kelly and he failed both times. This isn’t about ideology – it’s about being able to put together a competent and winning campaign,” Suhn said.
Suhn left Kobach’s gubernatorial campaign over disagreements with the candidate.
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