Donor money points to Pompeo run for U.S. Senate

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SEDGWICK, Kan (KAKE) -

The political winds are swirling again around Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a possible return to Kansas to run for U.S. Senate. 

Pompeo served three terms in Congress before joining the Trump Administration. 

"I intend to stay in this current role just as long as President Trump says, 'I want you to be my most senior diplomat.' That's the mission set," said Pompeo back in September. 

The Kansas City Star reports sources say Pompeo has reached out to Sheldon Adelson, the Republican Party's largest donor to gauge interest in a potential run. It goes on to detail similar conversations with Charles Koch. Sources say both donors were receptive. 

Wichita State University Political Science professor, Dr. Neal Allen, says this certainly points to Pompeo running, but these conversations won't confirm a race. 

"The fact that he's talking to people who are big in Republican politics and often give money doesn't necessarily mean he's going to run for senate or going to announce next week. Those are people for someone in his position would normally have contact with," said Allen. 

In September, Pompeo told KAKE News directly that he would not pursue the race, however, President Trump said a Senate run is still a possibility Tuesday. 

"If we thought we were going to lose that, I would sit down and talk to Mike. If you look at polling, he would win that seat," said the President. 

In Sedgwick County, the Republican Party says it won't take sides in a Senate race, but the GOP Chair, Dalton Glasscock, says he supports any decision Pompeo makes. 

"He's doing a great job in Washington, so if he chooses to stay there, fantastic. If he chooses to come back, I think he'll be a great asset in Kansas is well," said Glasscock. 

The newspaper also says the donor money Pompeo is seeking far exceeds what it would take to secure the Senate seat, which could also point to a potential Presidential run in 2024. 

KAKE reached out to Pompeo's office for comment but has not heard back. 

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