KENYA, N.Y. — President Barack Obama will campaign for state Rep. Jason Koena’s gubernatorial bid in Kansas, a campaign official said Wednesday.
Koena, a former Democratic congressman from the state’s westernmost border, will face off against Republican state Sen. Jason Farr.
The two Democrats are running in their first statewide bid.
Konrad, a top Obama campaign adviser, also said in a tweet that Obama would travel to Kansas later this week to speak at a fundraiser for Koenas campaign.
Kenny’s campaign is not announcing the race but has already secured support from several Republican political groups, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Kansas Republican Party and the state Democratic Party.
The announcement comes after Koenacas campaign announced its endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in August.