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Paul Davis maintains lead over Sam Brownback in latest poll in Kansas governor race

Paul Davis, D-Kansas governor candidate
Paul Davis, D-Kansas governor candidate

A Survey USA/KSN-TV poll released Tuesday evening shows Democrat Paul Davis maintaining a lead over incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback 10 weeks before Election Day.

The poll has it: Davis 48 percent; Brownback 40 percent. Libertarian Keen Umbehr is at 5 percent in the poll.

Survey USA says tax rates are the top issue in the campaign, edging out education funding. But voters who say taxes are the top issue break for Brownback by just 26 points, while those who put education at the top prefer Davis by 43 percent.

In the Senate race, Pat Roberts still leads, but shakily. The poll puts the Republican incumbent at just 37 percent of the vote, followed by Democrat Chad Taylor at 32 percent and independent Greg Orman at 20 percent.

Libertarian Randall Batson is at 4 percent.

And the poll also suggests a razor-tight race for Kansas secretary of state. Incumbent Republican Kris Kobach is tied with challenger Jean Schodorf, with 46 percent of the vote each.