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Kansas treasurer far ahead in fundraising for race

Republican incumbent Ron Estes has a big fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger in the Kansas state treasurer's race.

Estes' re-election campaign filed a finance report this week showing that he raised more than $12,000 from January through July 24, on top of the nearly $43,000 he had at the start of the year.

Estes spent about $21,000 for his campaign, leaving him with nearly $34,000 heading into the fall.

Democrat Carmen Alldritt is a former Harper County treasurer and launched her campaign in early June.

She raised only $1,450 by July 24, and the Kansas Democratic Party covered her $1,360 filing fee.

Alldritt reported spending about $1,100, leaving her with $313 at the end of the period.

Estes is seeking his second four-year term.


Debate GMO labeling shifts to House race in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The national debate over the labeling of bioengineered foods has shifted to a congressional primary race in south-central Kansas.

Outside money from political action committees is entering the race in its final days. That's because congressman Mike Pompeo introduced legislation in April that would block states from requiring mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

Former congressman Todd Tiahrt has made Pompeo's bill a campaign issue in his 4th District challenge.

The Washington-based Food Policy Action is spending $40,000 for digital advertising on social media supporting Tiahrt. It is joined by Every Voice Action, which has begun airing the first of $100,000 in television ads on the issue.

Weighing in on the other side of the bioengineered food labeling flap is the American Chemistry Council. It is spending $165,200 supporting Pompeo.


Doctors' PAC helps Roberts in Kansas Senate race

OSAGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is getting help in his Republican primary race from a political action committee representing tea party challenger Milton Wolf's fellow radiologists.

PAC Director Ted Burnes (burns) said Tuesday that the group believes Roberts will be more effective in the Senate than Wolf.

The American College of Radiology Association PAC this week disclosed spending almost $43,000 on statewide mailings praising Roberts.

Burnes also said it's troubling that Wolf has acknowledged that in the past he posted graphic X-ray images on a personal Facebook page. Wolf apologized publicly, and he said Tuesday that many voters are upset with Roberts' attacks over the issue.

Wolf said the PAC is a Washington special interest group that works to protect incumbents.

The state's primary election in Aug. 5.


GOP secretary of state race turning more bitter

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican candidates for Kansas secretary of state are embroiled in a bitter campaign in which the incumbent is questioning his challenger's GOP credentials while himself being called a partisan hack.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports incumbent Kris Kobach has gained prominence for his fight against illegal immigration and his challenge of the federal government over gun regulations.

Challenger Scott Morgan says Kobach has turned the secretary of state's office into a circus in pursuit of his own political agenda while drumming up media attention.

Morgan concedes he's not as far to the right as Kobach, but adds that none of Kobach's pet issues should relate to the secretary of state's office.

The winner of the Aug. 5 primary will face Democrat Jean Schodorf in the general election.


Kobach raises more than both foes in Kansas race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has raised more money for his re-election campaign this year than his two opponents combined.

Kobach's campaign filed a report Monday saying it raised almost $105,000 from January through July 24, in addition to the $125,000 he had at the start of the year. He spent less than $32,000, leaving him with more than $198,000.

Kobach's foe in the Aug. 5 Republican primary is Lawrence businessman and attorney Scott Morgan. He entered the race in May and reported raising about $21,000. Morgan spent less than $4,000, leaving him with $17,000 in cash.

Democrat and former state Sen. Jean Schodorf began the year with nearly $41,000 and raised almost $63,000 more. But she also spent almost $95,000, leaving her campaign with less than $9,000.

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