Secretary of State Kris Kobach is lagging behind Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and several other candidates in the race to become governor of Kansas.
Colyer who posted the strongest donor support, according to campaign financial reports. Other candidates reported larger totals, but they depended on money they lent or gave to their own campaign.
The figures released this week, for 2017, came from the first significant finance reports of the campaign cycle.
Colyer had $632,000 in contributions. Kobach, who benefited from a November campaign fundraising event with President Donald Trump’s oldest son, reported $355,000 in the same category.
“It’s humiliating” for Kobach, said Patrick Miller, a political scientist at the University of Kansas. “…In terms of expectations, it’s embarrassing.”
Kobach was largely seen as the GOP frontrunner. But he has faced controversy throughout his tenure, including in the last year for his ties to President Trump, his support of Trump’s unproven claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election, and his leadership of a voter fraud commission created, and recently disbanded, by Trump.
Neither Kobach nor his spokeswoman…