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August 19, 2014

Orman on the move in new poll, Brownback-Davis deadlocked

Roberts, Brownback both in trouble, lean-D pollster says

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

A new poll suggests incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts is vulnerable.

The survey, from Public Policy Polling, which is usually regarded as a Democratic outfit, had the Republican at 32 percent, Democrat Chad Taylor at 25 percent and independent Greg Orman at 23 percent.

Libertarian Randall Batson was at 3 percent.

The good news for Roberts: He still has a lead, and Orman and Taylor pretty much split the anti-incumbent vote.

The bad news: Orman, though still largely unknown, is advancing steadily in public polls.

In the race for governor, Democratic challenger Paul Davis leads incumbent Sam Brownback by 39-37 percent with Libertarian Keen Umbehr at 9 percent.

One tough finding for Brownback: Only 34 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing compared with 55 percent who disapprove.

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