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Republicans Are Freaking Out About Kansas

No Democrat has won a Senate seat in Kansas since the 1930s, but Tuesday’s primary could help change that.


Episode Notes

Tuesday’s Kansas Senate primary has Republican party leadership concerned. Polls show that Barbara Bollier, a former Republican turned Democrat, stands a chance in the general election against one of the leading Republicans in the primary, Kris Kobach. So much so in fact that a pro-Democrat super PAC has been running ads in favor of Kobach, hoping to face off against him in November. How would a Kobach win on Tuesday upend the battle for control of the Senate? And what are Republicans doing to stop him?

Guest: Dave Weigel covers politics for the Washington Post.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Daniel Avis.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.