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May 21, 2014

GOP’s Scott Morgan to take on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

A Lawrence man who has worked for the Federal Elections Commission and two U.S. senators is expected to challenge Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the August Republican primary.

A Lawrence man who has worked for the Federal Elections Commission and two U.S. senators is expected to challenge Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the August Republican primary.

Scott Morgan scheduled a Statehouse news conference Wednesday to announce his candidacy before heading to Kobach’s office to file the paperwork. Morgan’s background includes working for former Kansas Republican senators Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum.

Kobach is seeking a second term. He has taken strong positions in Kansas and other states on election laws and immigration issues, and is currently embroiled in federal litigation over Kansas laws requiring proof of citizenship from people registering to vote.

Former state senator Jean Schodorf, of Wichita, is running for secretary of state as a Democrat after switching her affiliation from the Republican party.

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