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Conservative group launches ad campaign for Rep. Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate race

Conservative group launches ad campaign for Rep. Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate race
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a $400,000 ad campaign on Monday to boost Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallThe Hill's Morning Report - Too close to call Marshall wins Kansas Senate race Live updates: Democrats fight to take control of the Senate MORE (R-Kan.) in the Kansas Senate primary.

Marshall is running to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsTrump's controversial Fed nominee stalled after Senate setback Business groups scramble to forge ties amid race for House Agriculture chair Republicans hold on to competitive Kansas House seat MORE (R-Kan.) in a crowded primary, which is set for August. The ad focuses on Marshall’s record helping veterans, including increasing access to STEM education and increasing opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Club for Growth had initially run attack ads against Marshall, but top Republicans including President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE have reportedly pressed it to change stance.

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“Respecting our veterans and renewing our economy thank Roger Marshall and ask him to keep fighting for our brave veterans,” the ad said. The ad will play in the Kansas City metro market, the Kansas City Star reported

The Chamber spent just under $1 million ahead of Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTeam Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid MORE’s (R-N.C.) primary in March, but Marshall is the only non-incumbent GOP Senate primary it has spent money on.

Marshall’s top Republican rivals are former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration hard-liner who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018, and businessman Bob Hamilton. Plains PAC, a newly launched GOP group, launched a $3 million ad campaign attacking Kobach, according to the Kansas City Star. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the Kansas open seat as “lean Republican.”