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Afraid to challenge Six?

Attorney General Steve Six was appointed to his job in 2008 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, making his 2010 campaign his first for the job — and seemingly making the Democrat vulnerable to GOP challengers. But are the decisions of two prominent Republican attorneys to run instead for secretary of state a sign of Six's perceived strength? Kris Kobach, former Kansas GOP chairman, and Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, are expected to face off in a GOP primary to succeed retiring Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. Six has less well-known competition, though: Junction City prosecutor Ralph DeZago, a former assistant attorney general, announced this month that he intends to run for the Republican nomination to be Kansas' top cop.

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