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Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins


September 5, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat.

Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement came little more than a week after former GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer publicly called on him to run for the 2nd District seat in eastern Kansas that Rep. Steve Watkins narrowly won last year. Watkins has faced internet rumors and speculation that he would resign but has tweeted that he won't step down.

LaTurner said in an Associated Press interview befor...

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