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Democratic state senator to challenge Rep. Jenkins

Kansas State Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, threw her hat into the ring Friday to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins next year.

Democrats like their chances. It’s a district that’s gone both ways in the past few election cycles, and Jenkins, in her first-term, has had a gaffe or two. (Remember Jenkins’ “great white hope” comment from two months ago?)

Kansas' 2nd District includes most of eastern Kansas outside Wyandotte and Johnson counties, including Leavenworth, Topeka, Manhattan, Pittsburg and parts of Lawrence. Republican Jim Ryun lost the seat to Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, who then lost it last year to Jenkins.