Businessman Jay Sidie (D), who held four-term Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Overland Park) to a 51-41% re-election victory last November, announced that he will run again next year. The closeness of the 2016 result, however, is likely more attributable to Hillary Clinton carrying the 3rd District than a particularly strong effort from Mr. Sidie. Though he is likely the leading contender for the Democratic nomination, he is nowhere close to being unopposed. Five other Democrats have already announced their own candidacies. The 3rd District is the most marginal in Kansas, but is still reliably Republican. Rep. Yoder is viewed as a potential gubernatorial candidate, but as time progresses it appears far more likely that the Congressman will seek re-election than run statewide.
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