Decision Desk expects Rep. Roger Marshall to win the Republican primary for the Kansas Senate, a major blow to candidate Kris Kobach. It is also a blow to the political ambitions of billionaire technology investor Peter Thiel, who enthusiastically supported Kobach and offered public support and substantial PAC funds to the candidate’s main offering.
Much of Thiel’s support came from the Free Forever Political Action Committee, which received most of its funds from Thiel and bought ads solely to support Kobach and against Marshall. In a recent Free Forever PAC mailing, Marshall was accused of funding “Global Warming Musicals”
Kobach has stood out in republican circles for his tough stance on immigration, particularly his role in promoting a Muslim register in the early days of the Trump administration. As a result, many party leaders feared that it would cost the party in general elections. Last week, a chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee warned colleagues that a Kobach victory could ruin the party’s chances of keeping control of the Senate, Politico reports.