Throughout the primary and in the weeks since, both Republican and Democratic candidates have done their best to convince you to vote for them.  Lately that includes a lot of endorsements.

Most of those endorsements have come from within a candidate’s own party, like the batch of endorsements from former Kansas State Treasurers Ron Estes, Jake LaTurner and Tim Shallenburger, that Steven Johnson announced on Monday in his race against Democratic incumbent Lynn Rogers.

“It's in their interest to do so,” said Dr. Russell Arben Fox, a political analyst from Friends University.

He says the endorsements serve as a signal to voters that these candidates will mostly vote the way the party wants.

“This is obviously, you know, more of an issue when you're talking about somebody like Kobach as opposed to Johnson,” Dr. Fox said.

Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate for Kansas Attorney General, released his own list of endorsements Monday as well.  This list concentrated on his former opponents – Roger Marshall, Jeff Colyer and Tony Mattivi.


“Even before the primary contest, there were prominent Republicans that were talking privately, if Kobach is the nominee, Chris Mann is going to win,” Fox said.

Polls show that, between dislike of Kobach's performance in office as Secretary of State and personality conflicts over the years, as many Kansas Republicans dislike the politician as support him.

“There are Republicans out there who are convinced that he's electoral poison,” Fox said.

But do some Republicans dislike Kobach enough that we'll see them endorsing his Democratic opponent for Attorney General, as we did in the governor's race four years ago?

“You've got the Kobach true believers in the Republican Party. And then you have a lot of people that will say, ‘Well, you know, he's not my cup of tea, but he's a Republican. I'll vote for him.’ And then you have the people who just got so turned off by his comments… and they're one of the reasons why Kelly won, because there were a lot of Republicans that couldn't stomach Kobach and there were Republicans that were willing to come out and articulate that,” Dr. Fox said. “How many of them will be willing to speak out and go public (this time) with that dislike remains to be seen.”

We have already seen some voters again cross political party lines to support Laura Kelly’s bid for re-election, in particular a bi-partisan group of farmers and ranchers last week. However, the majority of Republican farmers and ranchers still oppose Kelly.

Dr. Fox says another reason the list of Kobach’s endorsements Monday is important is because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade, the increase in moderate and more liberal voters showing up at the polls in the primary because of that decision and Kobach's support of the abortion amendment that failed in the Kansas primary.

Fox says Republican insiders are concerned voters’ feelings about abortion rights could end up hurting more conservative candidates like Kobach and are doing everything they can to hold on to moderate Republican voters.

“Abortion was never one of Kobach’s primary issues,” Fox said.  “But obviously, he's got a lot of language out there on it. It's not going to be hard for them to discover extreme statements that he's made and use it against him. So, by reminding everybody, ‘Hey, I'm a traditional Republican at heart.’ He's trying to, you know, cover up for any damage he might experience there.”

Perhaps part of why Derek Schmidt, who until now has been mum on the race to replace him as Attorney General, Monday endorsed Kobach along with the rest of the Republican nominees for statewide office in a Tweet