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GOP state convention gets even more conservative

The crowd at the state GOP convention in Wichita last weekend "was more conservative than it has been in decades," observed Martin Hawver of Hawver's Capitol Report. State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, announced that he is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in the August GOP primary, claiming that Jenkins is too moderate. The biggest question of the convention was whether former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt would announce a challenge to U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita. Tiahrt is still thinking it over, Hawver said. Meanwhile, GOP insiders are arguing about whether a small straw poll means anything. The poll taken at a Kansas Young Republicans business meeting resulted in a 17-17 tie between Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and challenger Milton Wolf.