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Wichita Businessman Hartman Drops From Kansas Governor Race, May Be Kobach Running Mate


who operates a Kansas City real estate firm and lives in Salina, on Tuesday as his lieutenant governor. Mann is the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City.


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Wichita businessman Willis “Wink” Hartman suspended his campaign for the Republican for governor Wednesday, becoming the second candidate to exit the GOP race this monthHartman, an oil producer and owner of a chain of restaurants who recently loaned his campaign $1.6 million, is urging his supporters to back fellow conservative Kansas Secretary of State Kris KobachThe Kansas City Star reported late Wednesday that Kobach is considering Hartman as his running mate.  In a letter to his supporters posted online, Hartman said he decided to end his campaign after watching Kobach Saturday during the first GOP debate of the campaign“Standing on the stage Saturday night, I listened, and I heard a candidate speaking for me and for the conservative movement,” Hartman said in a letter to supporters posted to his campaign websiteHartman said he feared being “the spoiler” who cost Kobach the nomination if had he remained in the raceA recent poll showed Kobach locked in a tight race with newly installed GovJeff Colyer, each with the support of about 20 percent of likely GOP primary votersColyer, a former state legislator who served as lieutenant governor for the past seven years, was inaugurated in January when former GovSam Brownback departed for an ambassador’s post in the Trump administrationHartman was among four candidates with single digit support, according the pollHis departure likely makes it a five-candidate raceIn addition to Kobach and Colyer, the field includes Topeka physician and former state SenJim Barnett, Wichita construction executive and former member of the Kansas House Mark Hutton, and Insurance Commissioner Ken SelzerFour contenders are vying for Democratic nomination — state SenLaura Kelly of Topeka, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, current Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita, and former Kansas House member and state agriculture secretary Josh SvatyJohnson County businessman Greg Orman is gathering signatures to place his name on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governorJim McLean is managing director of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politicsYou can reach him on Twitter @jmcleanks. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.  Tags: Kansas News ServiceKansas GovernorJeff ColyerKris KobachKansas Elections 2018SpotTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Republicans In Crowded Republican Field For Kansas Governor Strain To Stand Out By Jim McLean • Feb 19, 2018 Jim McLean / Kansas News Service Listen Listening.. / 4:42 A crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor in Kansas has candidates looking for ways to stand outAt a forum held over the weekend in Wichita, the hopefuls signaled how they hope to separate themselves from the fieldSecretary of State Kris Kobach wants primary voters to see him as the true conservative in the contest Colyer Picks Real Estate Operator Tracey Mann As Kansas LtGovernor By Jim McLean • Feb 13, 2018 Jim McLean / Kansas News Service Kansas GovJeff Colyer named Tracey Mann, who operates a Kansas City real estate firm and lives in Salina, on Tuesday as his lieutenant governorMann is the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City

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