I was interested to see if Kansas would look more like Nebraska or Oklahoma. By far Nebraska won. The Kansas GOP is in disarray. The Democrats are in such bad shape in Kansas, they ran as Republicans and won. Every Representative in the House is a RINO. Only one has a Conservative challenger. Each race however, is interesting in some respect. The 2nd District takes the cake for having the best chance to send a real conservative to DC. And that’s only because its a vacated seat. This seat could be in trouble because Paul Davis has $1000000 and a unified front to in the fabled blue wave to help him. The Kansas Primary has little chance of unseating any incumbents, nor would it really be of use to unseat the third or fourth district representatives.
Best Picks: Caryn Tyson, Nick Reinecker
Worst Picks: Roger Marshall, Ron Estes (both)
Best Race: District 2
Worst Race: District 4
After one term, Roger Marshall has proven to be an establishment hack. He is by no means Conservative. He is being challenged by Nick Reinecker. Reinecker’s first impression is strong enough to cast few doubts on his ability to be a better Representative than Marshall. He even comes with a promise to not vote for any bills with pork in them.
Conservative Pick: Nick Reinecker
District 2 is the race with the most action in Kansas Primary. A strong red district with a vacant seat is sure to create a feeding frenzy for Conservatives and big government Republicans alike. But Democrats have a million dollar candidate looking to make this seat competitive. The GOP has a trio of “young guns” vying for the nomination. On the outside, they all look strong, two state senators and an engineer. Steve Fitzgerald and Caryn Tyson are both in the State Senate. They are both more conservative than the average which says more about the Kansas legislature. Both are willing to buck the party line, but Caryn Tyson’s record is stronger. Enter the outsider, Steve Watkins. Watkins is claiming to be the outsider. He has the endorsement of RINO Roger Marshall, a red flag in a race such as this. He has no political history, and his positions are vague, which is less helpful when there’s no track record. Aside from being an outsider, its hard to see Steve Watkins as the pick in this race. Caryn Tyson presents a much safer option. She knows how to operate in the midst of several RINOs.
Conservative Pick: Caryn Tyson
Kevin Yoder has the highest Liberty Score of any Kansas politician. Yet he voted for omnibus. He is running against a RINO, Trevor Keegan. Keegan claims to be fiscally conservative and socially moderate. In politics, this is just a fancy way of saying you support a entitlement and defense spending. He would not uphold the Second Amendment. He doesn’t realize, as a challenger campaign finance reform has drastically reduced his chances, and is leftist on healthcare, immigration, and reversing the tax cuts. Tell me how believable his claims of reducing spending are.
Conservative Pick: Kevin Yoder
This race was spooky from the start. It features incumbent Ron Estes against Ron Estes. Incumbent Ron Estes is a RINO politician. Now will the real Ron Estes please stand up? That is what Ron M. Estes calls himself. But he’s a bigger RINO than the fake Ron Estes! He’s a Never-Trumper that went left like Rick Wilson and does nothing but complain about Trump. He supports Obamacare and gun control. he’s smart though. Running against the Congressman with the same name will surely give you a confusion bump, even if the ballot mentions the fake Ron Estes is labeled incumbent.