GOP Secretary Of State Race Turning Bitter

Kris Kobach and Scott Morgan
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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.

Posted by Greg Palmer