Aug 6, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump tweets support for anti-immigrant hardliner Kris Kobach in Kansas

Donald Trump clapping his hands looking into the crowd from the ground floor of an event

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President Trump tweeted his support Monday for Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, calling him a "fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country — he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement!"

Why it matters: Senior Republican officials told Axios' Jonathan Swan that they were holding their breath, hoping Trump would not endorse hardliner Kobach in the Kansas primaries on Tuesday. "Kobach is as far right as a Republican gets on immigration and voting rights, and Democrats view his potential victory as an opportunity to steal centrist voters," Swan writes.

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