A few weeks ago, Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was heavily favored to keep the seat in the GOP’s hands, running against two candidates who were splitting the anti-incumbent vote: Democrat Chad Taylor and independent Greg Orman.
When Taylor last Wednesday stunningly dropped out of the race, it suddenly attracted a lot more statewide and national attention, mostly because of its potential effect on which political party controls the U.S. Senate in 2015.
Then things really got wild on Thursday. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor couldn’t take his name off the ballot. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said she had talked to Taylor about dropping out and opening a clearer path to beat Roberts.