Democrat Barack Obama intensified a serious effort to win the traditionally red state of Kansas today, picking up the endorsement of Governor Sebelius for his White House bid.
About 2,300 cheering supporters braved blowing snow and frigid temperatures to crowd into a gymnasium at Butler Community College to see Obama.
His visit comes one week before Kansas' presidential caucuses.
Obama has Kansas ties: His mother was born at Fort Leavenworth, and his grandfather is a native of El Dorado.
Democratic presidential candidates long had sought Sebelius' backing in a state that George W. Bush carried by large margins in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
Sebelius said Obama had the ability to bridge generations for the betterment of the country.