Kansas attorney to face Moran for US Senate race in general election

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence attorney has won the Democratic nomination for a chance to face U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in the general election.

Patrick Wiesner on Tuesday defeated Monique Singh-Bey of Kansas City, Kansas, in the Democratic primary.

During his campaign, Wiesner cited his professional experience with federal law as a tax attorney and Army lawyer. His campaign touted as his mission “paying off the government’s debt,” saying the first step is ending Washington lobbyists’ control of the Senate.

Wiesner will face Moran in November’s general election. Moran was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He represented Kansas in the House from 1997 to 2010.

Republican voters in Kansas have given U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran their nomination in the state’s primary.

The Republican incumbent on Tuesday defeated Della Jean “D.J.” Smith, a former Osawatomie city council member who ran against a sitting GOP senator for the second time. She ran in the 2014 Republican primary against U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, finishing far behind in third place that year.

Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1932.

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