Wink Hartman suspends GOP campaign for governor; endorses Kobach

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) — Republican businessman Wink Hartman announces he is suspending his campaign for governor.

Hartman is one of at least nine Republicans who have been seeking the party's nomination in the 2018 race. In a statement on his campaign website, Hartman says he is endorsing current Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is also seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

In the statement, Hartman says "I listened to the other candidates and I quickly came to the conclusion that I could be the spoiler in this race for the conservative values we hold so dear. I've always said this race isn't about me or my resume - it's about taking our conservative platform and making it into policy to improve the lives of all Kansans".

Another Republican, Ed O'Malley, already suspended his campaign, however at least eight other Republicans continue to vie for the nomination including Kobach, current Gov. Jeff Colyer, former state senator Jim Barnett, former state representative Mark Hutton, insurance commissioner Ken Selzer and three high school students, Tyler Ruzich, Dominic Scavuzzo and Joseph Tutera, Jr.