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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he discussed his GOP Senate bid with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial First, we'll neuter all the judges MORE during a visit to the White House in January.
Kobach told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Friday that he did not ask Trump to endorse him but that the president has not ruled out declaring his support for the Senate campaign.
A source familiar with the meeting told The Hill that Trump has met with Kobach and Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallSenate Democrats outraise Republicans, but GOP has cash edge Pompeo tells McConnell he's not running for Senate Meat industry is trying to stifle plant-based food innovation MORE (R-Kan.), who is also running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsRepublicans expect Trump to withdraw controversial Fed nominee Celebrating and expanding upon five years of the ABLE Act The Hill's 12:30 Report: Decision day in Iowa MORE (R).
"As he has done with many primary races, the president has met separately with both candidates vying for the GOP nomination in the Kansas Senate race – Mr. Kobach and Rep. Marshall," the source said.
Kobach, an outspoken hardliner on illegal immigration, launched his Senate bid in July, casting his campaign as an effort to install a strong Trump ally in the Senate.
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