Ron Paul has endorsed State Senator Tim Huelskamp in Kansas’ First Congressional District. I do not recall another Ron Paul endorsement in our state, off the top of my head.
While I have not seen any primary polls, I consider it reasonable to call Huelskamp the front-runner, based on fundraising and other factors. Though, Huelskamp is running with very little support from establishment Republicans.
Huelskamp’s strongest opponents appear to be State Senator Jim Barnett and US Senator Sam Brownback’s former Chief of Staff Rob Wasinger. Senator Barnett is a partially-self-funding physician, and a moderate-turned-conservative-turned-moderate who lost 60-40% to Kathleen Sebelius in the 2006 governor’s race. Wasinger is supported by John McCain and David Kensinger (technically, the $2300 donation is from his wife), the current Brownback for Governor campaign manager. To provide further clarity on the McCain endorsement, remember that in the 2008 presidential primaries, Brownback endorsed McCain over Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, even though McCain was the only candidate known to support federal funding of human cloning and ESCR, and even though McCain-Feingold is one of the most offensive, unconstitutional pieces of federal legislation in American history.
From Kansas Senator Tim Huelskamp:
DODGE CITY – Senator Tim Huelskamp is proud to announce the endorsement of current Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul (TX-14).
Dr. Paul said: “I am proud to endorse Republican candidate Tim Huelskamp for Congress.”
“Tim Huelskamp will do the work to fight for lower taxes and spending and for more freedom in Washington. I have been very impressed by Tim’s record of fiscal responsibility. We need people like Tim Huelskamp voting with me in Congress.”
Congressman Paul finished 3rd in the 2008 Kansas GOP Presidential Caucus. In endorsing Huelskamp, Paul joins former Governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Kansas Caucus with almost 60% of the vote, in endorsing Tim Huelskamp. Other key endorsements that Huelskamp has collected include The Club for Growth, Kansans for Life, Gun Owners of America, Concerned Women PAC, Ken Blackwell, as well as more than two dozen Kansas legislators.
Kansas has four congressional districts. First District Congressman Jerry Moran is running for the US Senate, along with Fourth District Congressman Todd Tiahrt. The First District is the most heavily Republican district, and it’s the only one that effectively goes uncontested by Democrats year after year, so the once-in-ten-years primary is well-fought-for.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).