Kansas 3rd District Rep. Kevin Yoder is accustomed to relatively easy re-election campaigns. After winning the seat in 2010, no Democrat even filed to run against him in 2012.
But Yoder’s 2016 re-elect may be, uh, more interesting.
We’ve told you about businessman Jay Sidie, who has filed as a Democrat to challenge Yoder. Democrats say they have a poll showing Yoder basically tied with a generic Democrat in the district, and they plan to tie Yoder to the highly unpopular Gov. Sam Brownback.
Two other Democrats are in the primary: Reggie Marselus of Lenexa, and Nathaniel McLaughlin of Kansas City, Kan.
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But Yoder may also face pressure from his right this summer.
Greg Goode, a retired military officer, calls himself a “constitutional conservative Republican,” and he’s taking aim at Yoder too, particularly on social issues.
“We the People can no longer stand silent as Washington insiders fund a social agenda that kills our unborn and foists the LGBT vision of America upon our school children,” Goode’s May 16 news release says.
Goode’s campaign might not hurt Yoder, of course. The district is believed to favor candidates who can position themselves as centrists, and Goode’s criticisms may actually help Yoder make a centrist case.
On the other hand, Goode has mixed in some Trumpist, Sanders-esque rhetoric in his statements, potentially clouding the water.
“Our sovereign republic is destroyed when Wall Street and Big Banks pay the price of admission to gain special access to and special favors from Congress,” Goode’s statement says.
There’s a reason Yoder has raised $2.4 million, more than any other member of the House from Kansas.
With a deeply unpopular governor, and the Donald Trump wild card (the Dems’ poll shows Hillary Clinton leading in the 3rd District), the congressman’s re-election path may be more complicated than it was a few years ago.