Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., on Monday endorsed Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state’s GOP gubernatorial primary — hours after President Donald Trump backed secretary of state Kris Kobach.
In a tweet, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee praised Colyer as “our best choice to win tomorrow AND in the fall.”
Proud to support Jeff Colyer for Governor—our best choice to win tomorrow AND in the Fall. He doesn’t just talk; he delivers.
— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) August 6, 2018
Dole’s focus on Colyer’s chances in November was seen as a dig at Trump — and underscored the concern by Republicans that Kobach could alienate more centrist voters, costing the GOP the general election in a reliably red state, The Hill reported.
Dole was the only former GOP presidential nominee who supported Trump through the 2016 election.
Kobach has gained a national profile for his hard-line immigration stance, efforts to pass voter ID laws nationwide, and service as vice chairman of Trump’s now-disbanded commission to investigate alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election.
Colyer, the former lieutenant governor, took the oath of office Feb. 1 after Trump nominated former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback to a State Department post.
According to the Capital-Journal, a recent GOP polling firm survey found Kobach and Colyer tied, each getting the support of 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters.
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