ACLU attacks may help Kobach win GOP nod for Kansas governor

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Attacks on Kris Kobach by the American Civil Liberties Union in the Kansas governor's race are giving the in-your-face conservative a message to hammer home in the Republican primary.

Kobach is the Kansas secretary of state and has made the ACLU a political foil for years in championing some of the toughest state voter identification policies in the nation.

And in response to a $200,000 campaign against him ahead of the state's Aug. 7 primary, Kobach portrays the ACLU as having endorsed Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The group has become more visible in election campaigns nationally but has said it's not endorsing a candidate. Colyer's campaign sees desperation in Kobach's tactics.

But Kobach's campaign is using the ACLU's attacks to rouse its supporters.

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