TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas prosecutor is launching a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's kickoff event Friday makes him the first Democratic candidate in the race. Roberts is seeking re-election but faces a GOP primary challenge from Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf.
Taylor was having a news conference at the Kansas secretary of state's office.
Taylor was first elected district attorney in the county that includes Topeka in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.
He formed an exploratory committee in November, saying people were urging him to run because of their frustrations with gridlock in Washington.
Roberts has held the seat since 1997. A Democrat hasn't won a Senate race in GOP-leaning Kansas since 1932.