A Leavenworth Republican who is running for Congress is encouraging fellow members of his political party to drop out of the race.

A Leavenworth Republican who is running for Congress is encouraging fellow members of his political party to drop out of the race.

Steve Fitzgerald is suggesting the other Republicans running for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District follow the lead of a candidate who recently dropped out of the governor's race.

Wink Hartman had been been seeking the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. But he dropped out of the race Wednesday and endorsed Kris Kobach, another Republican who is running for governor.

"Wink decided to drop out of the race instead of being a spoiler of our conservative values," Fitzgerald said Friday in a news release. "It was a wise and helpful decision. Others should take note."

Fitzgerald, who currently serves as a state senator, is one of several candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the state's 2nd Congressional District. The 2nd District includes all of Leavenworth County.

Among the candidates for the 2nd District seat are two other Republicans from Leavenworth County. Vernon Fields, a member of the Basehor City Council, filed as a candidate a year ago. Leavenworth resident Tyler Tannahill also has announced that he is running for the seat.

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