Election analysts from Kansas universities say U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier needs to clearly define herself or risk Kris Kobach’s fate.
- “Can she develop a message to get that kind of Trump voter to also vote for her?” said Patrick Miller, a political science professor at University of Kansas. “What I’ll be interested in seeing going forward is whether Barbara Bollier can really develop a message, if one can even exist, that gets those soft Republicans who are going to vote Trump.”
- Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political science faculty member: “Kobach never really ran his own race. He did nothing to change the dynamic of the race, in terms of his own ads, and presenting himself in a way that might get some voters to stick with him.”
- Michael Smith, who teaches political science at Emporia State University, said he was surprised by Marshall’s ability to carry voter-rich Johnson County: “He has some name recognition in Wichita, none in Johnson County going in, and then you have the COVID limitations. So I was really impressed that Marshall was able to win Johnson County.“