Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wins GOP primary

Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has won the Republican primary, despite criticism of a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters enacted at his urging.

Kobach defeated challenger Scott Morgan in Tuesday’s primary. Morgan is a Lawrence attorney and businessman who entered the race in May and couldn’t match Kobach’s fundraising. Kobach is seeking his second, four-year term.

He will face former state Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita in November. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Kobach championed the law requiring new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other citizenship documents to register. He said it is preventing election fraud.

About 18,000 are on hold because the prospective voters haven’t complied. Morgan said the law suppresses turnout.

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