President Donald Trump will bring his swagger and influence early next month to Topeka as part of a national midterm campaign tour in support of Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.

The Make America Great Again rally will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Kansas Expocentre, according to a news release sent to The Topeka Capital-Journal. Neither U.S. senator from Kansas is up for re-election in 2018, but lively races exist for the open 2nd District seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and with the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in the 3rd District.

Republicans are working to thwart a challenge by Democrats for control of the U.S. House, with a super PAC controlled by House Speaker Paul Ryan earmarking $4 million for attack ads against Democrats in the two Kansas districts.

It will mark the second time Trump has come to Kansas for a rally and his first rally in Topeka since he began his run for president. Trump visited Wichita in March 2016 for the Kansas caucuses.

Trump is expected to discuss the "booming economy that’s lifting up families across Kansas, and the critical importance of protecting and expanding the GOP majorities in the House and Senate," according to the statement.

The Kansas Democratic Party responded to the news by launching an online drive to raise money from donors, asserting the cash was needed by Democratic candidates confronted with "full weight of the Trump White House and national Republicans."

Brad Parscale, a Shawnee Heights graduate, is Trump's campaign manager and drove the digital push for Trump during his 2016 campaign.

 “As a Topeka native, I look forward to joining president Trump in my hometown to celebrate the incredible success of the Trump economy that’s delivered new jobs and bigger paychecks across the state,” Parscale said. “This is a great opportunity for Kansans to celebrate the promises made — and kept — by President Donald Trump.”

Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of the Trump for president organization, said Trump would remind Kansas voters of the critical importance of supporting Republican nominees in the November elections. The president easily carried Kansas in the 2016 campaign.

"President Trump looks forward to celebrating the success of his America First agenda with patriots from my home state of Kansas," Glassner said.

Trump endorsed Republican Kris Kobach in the upcoming gubernatorial election. Kobach is running against Kelly, independents Greg Orman and Rick Kloos, and Libertarian Jeff Caldwell.

Kobach hailed Trump's work to reduce federal taxes and promised to lower the state tax burden if elected governor.

"It has been a great privilege to work with President Trump's administration as a transition team member and informal adviser, and I look forward to working with him closely when I am governor of Kansas," Kobach said.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly said that while Kobach devoted himself to gaining the Trump's loyalty others in the state were working to balance the state budget and finance public education. Her spokeswoman, Johanna Warshaw, said Kobach could "bring in whoever he'd like to try to convince Kansans we need to repeat (former Gov.) Sam Brownback's failed experiment, but it's unlikely to work."

Orman said he would like Trump to take time in Kansas to hear from farmers suffering under the administration's trade policies.

"President Trump's trade policies and tariffs are hurting Kansas farmers," Orman said. "The continuous implementation of Trump's tariffs have the potential for serious long term negative impact on Kansas farmers."

Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis' spokeswoman echoed Orman's sentiment about the negative influence of Trump's tinkering with trade in agricultural goods produced in Kansas, including wheat, sorghum and beef. Davis is campaigning in the 2nd District against Steve Watkins, a Republican.

Watkins said it would be an honor to welcome the Republican president to Topeka.

"President Trump recognizes that this upcoming election and the race for the 2nd District of Kansas, in particular, is critical to the future of our nation and the great state of Kansas. I look forward to meeting President Trump on October 6 and sharing with him my plans to help deliver lower taxes, enhanced border security and higher paychecks for 2nd District residents," Watkins said.

The president hasn't endorsed Watkins, but Trump did urge voters to re-elect Yoder, the 3rd District Republican seeking a fifth term against Democrat Sharice Davids.

Expocentre general manager Kellen Seitz confirmed Thursday that the rally was planned. He said any further information would need to come from the president's office.

The Topeka Police Department is working with the Secret Service on security measures, TPD spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said.

"We feel we are fully prepared to assist in any way necessary," she said.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m for general admission, the release from the Trump campaign said.

In Kobach's news release, he said to request tickets to the Trump rally, visit www.donaldjtrump.com.

Capital-Journal staff writers Katie Moore and Tim Hrenchir contributed to this report.

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