Bob Dole endorses GOP’s Steve Watkins in Kansas congressional race

photo by: Associated Press

Republican House candidate Steve Watkins addresses the crowd during a campaign rally held by President Donald Trump Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TOPEKA — Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has endorsed Republican Steve Watkins in his race for an eastern Kansas congressional seat.

Dole announced his support for the Army veteran and political novice in a tweet Wednesday.

Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis are seeking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Democrats hope to flip the seat even though President Donald Trump carried the district in 2016.

Watkins has faced questions because he’s lived most of his adult life outside Kansas and did not vote in the state until a Topeka municipal election last year.

But Dole tweeted that he believes Watkins will work hard and “protect our Kansas values.”

The 95-year-old Dole was the 1996 GOP presidential nominee and served more than 35 years in Congress.

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