Republicans dealt a blow in Kansas with court ruling, Roberts down by 5.

Posted by on October 1, 2014
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The Kansas City Star is reporting that a three-judge panel in Topeka ruled Wednesday that Kansas Democrats need not nominate a candidate for the 2014 Senate race.

The ruling is expected to help independent Senate candidate Greg Orman’s campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, and will deal a big blow to establishment Republicans hoping to protect him.

Chad Taylor, the Democrat nominated for the seat in August, dropped from the race Sept. 3. The Kansas Supreme Court later ruled the withdrawal followed state rules.

But David Orel of Kansas City, Kan., then sued the state’s Democrats, arguing Kansas law required the party to nominate a replacement for the ballot.

It is unclear whether Orel will appeal the ruling.

A Suffolk University poll released just hours ago shows Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent among likely voters with no Democrat in the race. The poll showed 11 percent undecided with 5-weeks left in the race.

 

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Keith Plunkett

Keith Plunkett

Keith Plunkett is a journalist and policy writer for ANM News. He is sought after in his home state of Mississippi as a political consultant for his skills as a communications strategist. He has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, governmental agencies and non-profits for nearly 15 years. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations.

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