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Steve Bannon drew crowd of 25 for a speech at a Holiday Inn in Kansas

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Former White House chief strategist Steve
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  • Steve Bannon, a conservative personality and a former
    White House chief strategist, reportedly appeared at a Topeka,
    Kansas, rally that attracted around 25 people — including the
    event’s organizers and documentary filmmakers.
  • The rally, dubbed “Red Tide Rising,” was held at a
    Holiday Inn Express hotel. Attendees reportedly had received an
    unsolicited text message announcing the event.
  • Bannon said Kansas’ heated race in the 2nd
    Congressional District spurred his decision to make the
    impromptu trip to the state.
  • “I never thought I’d be in Kansas in a House race,”
    Bannon reportedly said. “This is the situation.”

Steve Bannon, a conservative personality and a former White House
chief strategist, appeared at an unpublicized rally that
attracted around 25 people, including the event’s organizers and
documentary filmmakers, in Topeka, Kansas, according to
The Topeka Capital-Journal
.

The rally, dubbed “Red Tide Rising,” was held at a Holiday Inn
Express along a highway. Attendees reportedly had received an
unsolicited text message announcing the event.

Bannon said Kansas’ heated race in the 2nd Congressional District
spurred his decision to make the impromptu trip to Kansas.
Republican House candidate Steve Watkins has fallen four-points
behind Democrat Paul Davis, according to a recent
New York Times Upshot/Siena College Poll
.

“I tip my hat to the opposition,” Bannon said Tuesday, according
to The Capital-Journal. “I like a good, fair fight. They have
been aggressive. They’ve raised money. They’ve been on message,
and it’s up to us, right? You get the Trump people out, you’re
going to win.”

“I never thought I’d be in Kansas in a House race,” Bannon said
to The Capital-Journal managing editor Sherman
Smith
. “This is the situation.”

Although Bannon referred to himself as “sloppy
Steve
” — a label President Donald Trump ascribed after the
release of a book in which Bannon was quoted making a series of
critical remarks about Trump’s family — the former chief
strategist warned people that if Republicans do not head to the
polls for the midterms, “we’re going to lose this.”

Watkins’ spokesman, Bryan Piligra, reportedly signaled that his
campaign had nothing to do with Bannon’s event.

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, previously
urged voters
to choose a different Republican candidate after
Watkins “put out materials with a picture of President Trump in
them, as though they have been endorsed by the president.”

“In fact, the president has not endorsed them, and they appear to
have acquired the pictures without going through the proper
copyright procedures,” Parscale said in an op-ed.

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