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Former Kansas House speaker finds presidential election hard to handicap

Former Kansas House Speaker Tim Shallenburger is a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention — and he said Sunday that he was unable to predict how this campaign for president will play out.
Former Kansas House Speaker Tim Shallenburger is a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention — and he said Sunday that he was unable to predict how this campaign for president will play out. coschner@kcstar.com

Tim Shallenburger of Baxter Springs, Kansas, knows something about politics. He’s a former state representative, speaker of the House, state treasurer and Kansas GOP chairman. He also was the 2002 GOP nominee for governor.

But he can’t forecast the fall race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he blew Hillary out,” Shallenburger said. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t win a state.”

The race is that unpredictable, the Trump delegate said.

“We’ve never had anybody like Trump. He’s not traditional by any stretch of the imagination.”

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