U.S. Sen. Moran preparing for GOP re-election bid in 2022

    Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)
    Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

    TOPEKA — Kansas Republican Jerry Moran plans to seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022, having held that high-level political job in Washington since prevailing in a hard-fought campaign for the seat a decade ago.

    Moran’s future was clouded by speculation that he might be interested in running for governor in Kansas against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who has said she would run for re-election in two years.

    Tom Brandt, a spokesman for Moran, expressed the senator’s current thinking in blunt terms: “Sen. Moran plans to seek re-election in 2022.”

    The decision to issue the statement following the November 2020 election provides clarity for the voting public and fellow Republicans, including Attorney General Derek Schmidt, in terms of who might carry the GOP torch in the next gubernatorial race. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, announced nearly two years ago that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2020.

    Moran stands an excellent chance of retaining his seat in the U.S. Senate, given his success in Kansas Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaigns since 1988. He’s been victorious in two Kansas Senate contests, four U.S. House races and twice for U.S. Senate.

    Moran won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012 with 62% of the general election vote in a three-person race. His closest campaign for federal office was the 2010 GOP primary for U.S. Senate in which he defeated fellow U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt. Moran received 49.8% of the primary vote, while Tiahrt had 44.6%.