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

By: - November 12, 2020 11:50 am
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)

If Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran votes against the For the People Act, voters will remember when he’s up for re-election in 2022, writes Lynn Stephan. She says voters will also remember when Sen. Roger Marshall is up for re-election in 2028. (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%.



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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.