Kobach’s take-no-prisoner style at forefront in Kansas race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Secretaries of state from middle America aren’t generally household names. Kansas’ Kris Kobach is the exception.

The 52-year-old Republican has a take-no-prisoners style of conservatism that delights hard-right members of the GOP but makes him a target of Democrats and centrists.

Now Kobach, the state’s top election official, is locked in a too-close-to-call race for the nomination for governor. He is clinging to a shrinking lead of just 121 votes out of 311,000 cast in Tuesday’s primary. Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer is banking on a recount to turn the tide.

Kobach has the backing of President Donald Trump. He has advised the president on immigration issues and is a staunch advocate for strict voter ID laws.