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Democrat leaving race for Kansas secretary of state

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TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas City-area businessman says he's dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for Kansas secretary of state for family reasons.

Randy Rolston, of Mission Hills, said Monday he plans to endorse former state Sen. Jean Schodorf, of Wichita, for the party's nomination against Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.

Rolston said he's leaving the race because his 94-year-old father has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Rolston is president and co-founder of the Lenexa-based mail order firm Victorian Trading Co. He entered the race at the end of last year and loaned his fledgling campaign $201,000.

Kobach and Schodorf did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

Schodorf plans to launch her campaign with a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in downtown Wichita.

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