Kobach seeks comeback in Kansas Attorney General primary

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Immigration hardliner Kris Kobach is set to make a political comeback on Tuesday in the Republican primary for Kansas Attorney General, where he faces a former prosecutor and a state senator who, like Kobach, say he is they would give priority to the fight against the federal government .

Kobach had a national profile for writing strict state and local immigration regulations outside of Kansas, even before he was elected secretary of state in 2010. But he lost his bid for conservative state governor in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly and lost the 2020 Republican presidential primary to Senator Roger Marshall, raising questions about his viability in a statewide race.

In the primary, Kobach will face Senator Kellie Warren, a Kansas City attorney, and former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi, of Topeka.

All three Republicans promised to file lawsuits to challenge the policies of Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration. Warren argued that she was more likely than Kobach to pick better targets and win the cases. Mattivi said he would also challenge Biden’s policies, but he said the attorney general’s first priority is to keep Kansans physically and financially safe.

Kobach promoted electoral fraud as a major problem ten years before former President Donald Trump’s false claims that fraud cost him his bid for re-election in 2020. about election fraud. He promises to continue such cases if he is elected Attorney General.

Warren was visible in legislative efforts to include anti-abortion language in the state constitution and to limit the power of state and local officials to shut down businesses and impose other restrictions during the pandemic.

Mattivi worked on his credentials as a district attorney, having spent more than 20 years as an assistant US attorney in Kansas. He handled high-profile terrorism and national security cases and coordinated work on such cases when he retired in November 2020.

The winner will face first-time Democratic nominee Chris Mann, a lawyer, former police officer and former district attorney from northeast Kansas in the Nov. 8 general election. Many Republicans expect a wave of conservative voters in November as a result of anger over inflation, gas prices and COVID-19 restrictions.

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Hollingsworth reported from Mission, Kansas.

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