By Chris Durden (WICHITA, Kan.)
A Kansas state senator who dropped his congressional bid because of his wife's health endorses one of his former opponents.
Republican Dick Kelsey of Goddard is throwing his support behind Mike Pompeo.
"I have chosen Mike because I believe he will bring a balanced approach to the challenges facing us in our country," Kelsey said in a statement. "He will work hard to restore our economy. He shares my values on the family issues such as protecting the unborn. His military background will enable him to address the needs of our national defense which is the number one role of the federal government."
Pompeo is running to replace Rep. Todd Tiahrt who is campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Also seeking the Republican nomination are businessman and retired pilot Jim Anderson, oilman Willis "Wink" Hartman and state Sen. Jean Schodorf. All four are from Wichita.
Two Democrats are also running. They are state Rep. Raj Goyle and retired court services officer Robert Tillman, both from Wichita.
Kelsey dropped out of the race earlier this month after his wife was diagnosed with a heart condition.
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.