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Independent qualifier – Dennis Pyle for KS Governor

(AP) A hard-right Kansas state senator who has clashed with Republican leaders has gained a spot on the November general election ballot as an independent candidate for governor. 

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday that Sen. Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, had turned in more than the 5,000 required petition signatures to gain a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot. 

Allies of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly helped Pyle gather some of the necessary signatures. Pyle’s candidacy could complicate GOP nominee and state Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s bid to unseat Kelly. 

Some Democrats hope Pyle and Schmidt will split conservative Republican votes just enough for Kelly to win a second four-year term. 

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