WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, 83, the longest-serving member of Congress in Kansas history, announced 12-months go that he would not run again in 2020, setting up a scramble to replace him.
Multiple Republicans are eyeing the seat, and it could be the first time Democrats have a competitive U.S. Senate primary since the 1990s.
On Thursday, President Trump used his Twitter account to comment on the race that features First District Congressman Roger Marshall, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Kansas senate president Susan Wagle and former Kansas City Chief turned businessman Dave Lindstrom.
Earlier this month Kobach and Marshall reported they had recently talked to Trump.
Marshall's campaign confirmed that the First-District congressman met with Trump in the Oval Office. His campaign said in a statement only that, “It was a positive meeting.” Kobach said that Trump called him from Air Force One to talk to him about the Senate race and immigration issues. Kobach has advised Trump regularly about immigration issues since Trump's campaign for president in 2016.