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Kris Kobach endorses Donald Trump in Kansas

Secretary of State Kris Kobach, R-Kan.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach, R-Kan.

Kris Kobach has become the first major political figure in Kansas to endorse Donald Trump.

In a news release Monday, Kobach said Trump’s views on immigration are the primary reason for the endorsement.

“For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security,” Kobach’s statement said. “On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates. He has made it clear that ramping up the enforcement of our immigration laws will be his top priority. And he has forcefully rejected the notion of giving amnesty to illegal aliens living in the United States.”

The Kansas Republican party will caucus Saturday. It isn’t clear if Trump, or any other candidate, will campaign in the state before then.

Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts, and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo have endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio. U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a backer of Sen. Ted Cruz. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins once supported Carly Fiorina, but hasn’t endorsed anyone since she dropped out.

We haven’t heard from U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder. We’ll see if he picks a candidate before the caucus.