VP Mike Pence forced to defend Kansas Republicans as latest poll shows Kris Kobach losing
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach appearing on the Fox Business Network show 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' (screengrab)

Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the GOP stronghold of Kansas to stump for the gubernatorial campaign of embattled Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Kansas City Fox affiliate reported Monday.

Pence campaigned for Kobach last week in Wichita.

Kansas Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly has received support from dozens of prominent Kansas Republicans, including former Gov Bill Graves plus former U.S. senators Nancy Kassebaum and Sheila Frahm.

The Wichita TV station KWCH reported Monday that a new poll from the Fort Hays State University Docking Institute of Public Affairs shows the Democrat leading Kobach by 4 points.