President Donald Trump leaped into another competitive Republican governor’s race on Monday, endorsing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer a day before the state’s primaries.
“Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas,” Trump tweeted. “He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country – he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!”
Colyer, the former lieutenant governor, assumed the governorship earlier this year after then-Gov. Sam Brownback took a job in the Trump administration as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
Both Colyer and Kobach have been working to convince Kansas Republicans of their closeness with Trump ahead of Tuesday’s primaries. But Kobach, an immigration hardliner, has forged closer ties with the Trump administration, serving as vice chair of a now-disbanded commission to investigate Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election. Now, the late Twitter endorsement could give Kobach a boost against the sitting governor.