Ex-US Rep. Tiahrt jumps into race in Kansas 4th

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., with wife Vicki Tiahrt announces he will again run for congress in the 4th district to a crowd at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, May 29, 2014. Tiahrt was 4th district congressman from 1995-2011. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., with wife Vicki Tiahrt announces he will again run for congress in the 4th district to a crowd at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, May 29, 2014. Tiahrt was 4th district congressman from 1995-2011. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas congressman Todd Tiahrt is running again in the state’s 4th Congressional District and will challenge incumbent Mike Pompeo in the Republican primary.

Tiahrt entered the race with an announcement Thursday at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita. He represented the south-central Kansas district from 1995 until 2011.

Pompeo is seeking his third term and was elected in 2010 to succeed Tiahrt.

Both are conservative Republicans. But Tiahrt said he had been asked for months to run. He told cheering supporters has a better track record than Pompeo and differs with the incumbent on foreign policy.

Tiahrt gave up the House seat to run for U.S. Senate in 2010. He lost the Republican Senate primary to Jerry Moran, who went on to win the race that November.

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