Kobach rally in Abilene

Candidates for Kansas governor Kris Kobach, left, and his wife Heather, and candidate for Lt. Gov. Wink Hartman pose with retired racing greyhound Gary, left, and Ginger, the official greeters at the Greyhound Hall of Fame where a rally was held Sunday.

Kansas Secretary of State and candidate for governor Kris Kobach held a rally at the Greyhound Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Kobach, along with running mate Wink Hartman, Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann, Treasurer Jacob LaTurner, who is seeking reelection, and Rep. John Barker, R-Abilene, who is also seeking reelection, addressed a crowd of about 30 people. Gov. Jeff Colyer was a late scratch for the rally.

They posed for pictures with the official Hall of Fame greeters, retired racing greyhounds Gary and Ginger.

Abilene was a stop on a tour that included Salina and Manhattan on Sunday.

On Monday the bus trip went to Benton, Derby, Wellington and Wichita.

The message was to get people out to vote, and vote Republican.

“This is a big race,” Kobach said.

If the polls are correct, the race for Kansas governor is going to be close. Kobach is essentially tied in the polls with the Democratic candidate, Laura Kelly.

Kobach called the race a team sport, “where the red counties are lined up against the blue counties in a non-presidential election. That is what I am asking you to do, is to run up the score in our home turf,” he said.

Kobach called Kansas a sanctuary state that gives welfare benefit and college tuition to illegal aliens.

“For too long, Kansas has been kicking the can down the road,” he said of its immigration policy.

Kobach also addressed the migrant caravan heading to U.S. borders.

“Why are they coming to the United States and demanding entry?” he asked.

He said illegal aliens once came to the U.S. in the dead of night.

“This group is coming in broad daylight with media in tow, many thousands strongly demanding entry at the door. ‘We demand entry, we want asylum.’ They are not valid asylum claims. There are maybe one or two, but you can’t claim asylum because you want a job in the United States, which is essentially what they claim.

“Thankfully, we have a president that says ‘no,’” he said. “If we keep rewarding illegal immigration, we are going to keep getting illegal immigration.”

Hartman urged those in attendance to campaign for Republican candidates.

“Text your neighbor, text your friends, text your cousins, text the people you to go church with, somebody you met at the grocery store in the frozen food section, text them,” Hartman said.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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