Election officials rule Pyle with enough signatures to run for governor

(Updated to reflect that the deadline for filing an objection is Monday, not Sunday).

Election officials on Thursday certified that state Sen. Dennis Pyle collected enough signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for governor.

Pyle’s insurgent candidacy potentially threatens Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s campaign for governor against Democratic incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly.

There is a fear among Republicans that Pyle could draw away enough conservative votes from Schmidt that it would hand Kelly a reelection victory this fall.