The clearest sign that Republican Representative Kevin Yoder is confronting his electoral demise came in his opening remarks at a recent luncheon of this city’s chamber of commerce. Like many other lawmakers, he boasted of his ability to work with the president. But the president Yoder mentioned first was not the leader of his party, Donald Trump, who two years ago carried the state of Kansas by 20 points; it was the Democrat Trump replaced.
In neighboring contests in Kansas, one Republican candidate is touting his work with President Obama. In the other, the GOP hopeful is clinging to President Trump.