President Trump on Monday endorsed controversial immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach for governor of Kansas.
Trump wrote in a morning tweet that Kobach is a "strong and early supporter of mine" and deserves the Republican Party's gubernatorial nod.
Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country - he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Several conservatives have tried to talk Trump out of endorsing Kobach fearing he won't be able to win a general election against the Democrat challenger. That would be a big blow in a traditionally red state like Kansas.
Trump's endorsement, which comes one day before voters in Kansas head to the polls in the hotly contested primary, is a snub to incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), who took office in January after Trump nominated former Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to a State Department post.
A recent survey conducted by Kansas-based GOP polling firm Remington Research showed Kobach and Colyer tied at 32 percent in the crowded race.