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Kansas delegates see Trump’s VP helping with GOP skeptics

Associated Press - July 15, 2016 6:14 pm

Campaign finance reports show political committees and groups have heavily bolstered Republican Ron Estes' campaign coffers in the race for a congressional seat the GOP has held for two decades in south-central Kansas.

Kansas delegates to the GOP National Convention say Donald Trump’s decision to pick Indiana’s governor as his running mate will help him with Republicans who remain wary of him.

State Treasurer Ron Estes said Friday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is a good choice because Pence is a former congressman and is seen as having a strong economic record in his state.

Estes said there’s a “general, positive vibe” about Pence. Estes is a delegate for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Prominent Trump supporter and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said picking Pence should help Trump with conservative evangelicals and establishment Republicans.

And 1st Congressional District GOP Chairman Randy Duncan noted that Pence previously backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, so the pick is a signal to Cruz backers.