Party-switching lawmaker abandons bid for Kansas Senate seat

By KNSS Radio

A lawmaker who made national headlines for switching to the Democrat Party has ended her campaign for a state Senate seat and will run for re-election to the House instead. 

Rep. Stephanie Clayton, (D-Overland Park), said Tuesday that Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly encouraged her last week to drop out. 

Clayton's decision to run for the Senate had set up an August primary contest with Ethan Corson of Fairway. Corson is a former executive director of the Kansas Democrat Party. 

Clayton switched from the GOP at the end of 2018 and said her dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump was a factor.