Sebelius endorses state senator in Kansas governor's race

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has endorsed Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly in the Kansas governor's race.

Kelly touted the backing of Sebelius as the Kansas Democratic Party began an annual two-day convention Friday in Kelly's hometown of Topeka.

Sebelius served as Kansas governor from 2003 until she became former President Barack Obama's HHS secretary in April 2009. 

Rival Democratic candidate and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty issued a statement saying he's not surprised that Sebelius would endorse Kelly, because they were neighbors for years in Topeka.

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