TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Lynn Jenkins says her fellow Republicans need a new leader if they're to recapture the 2nd Congressional District seat.
But Jim Ryun predicts his familiar, anti-tax message will do better with voters this year than it did in 2006, when he lost the seat.
Both Ryun and Jenkins filed Monday for the 2nd District seat and will face off in the Aug. 5 primary.
The seat is held by Democrat Nancy Boyda, who defeated Ryun in 2006.
Ryun said political conditions are different because it's a presidential election year. That tends to favor Republicans, because their presidential nominees tend to carry Kansas by healthy margins.
But Jenkins said both Democrats and Republicans in Washington have failed, requiring new faces there.