Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer considering Senate race in 2020

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won't seek re-election.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, Gov. Jeff Colyer waves after being sworn in as the 47th governor of Kansas during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

"I have a number of people who have called me over the weekend encouraging us," Colyer said at a news conference Monday. "We have a busy time running through the tape this next week and getting things. We're going to take a little bit of time off afterwards and we'll be making our decision

A spokesman said Attorney General Derek Schmidt would be speaking to family, friends and supporters. Schmidt told reporters Monday, "Why wouldn't you look at it?"

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Saturday on SiriusXM radio's "CPAC 365" program that he will seriously consider the race. Schlapp grew up in Wichita.

Republican Rep. Roger Marshall also is considering the race.

Another potential GOP candidate is departing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He lost the governor's race in November after defeating Colyer in the primary.