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Update: Kansas high court to hear Chad Taylor ballot case in Senate race

The latest from AP:

The Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing next week on a petition by the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate to get his name removed from the November ballot.

The court on Thursday scheduled arguments on Democrat Chad Taylor’s petition for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said in a two-page order that the court was hearing the case without a review by a lower court because of the need for an authoritative ruling.

Taylor dropped out of the Senate race last week. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor’s withdrawal letter didn’t comply with a state law limiting when nominees’ names can be removed from the ballot.

Taylor’s withdrawal could boost the chances of independent candidate Greg Orman defeating three-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts.

Earlier:

Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is employing the pants-on-fire defense in challenging Democrat Chad Taylor’s appeal to get his name off the ballot for U.S. Senate.

The legal battle is laced with partisan manuevering. Taylor’s campaign was always a long shot, but polls suggest the most plausible prospect of defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts comes when he’s pitted against independent Greg Orman — and with no Democrat on the ballot.

Kobach has contended that Taylor’s withdrawal letter from the race was inadequate because it didn’t state why the Democrat would be legally “incapable” of serving if elected. Taylor claims he was told by Kobach’s office when he filed the letter that it was sufficient to get his name erased from the ballot. Kobach insists that’s simply not true.

Here’s the latest from the Associated Press:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is attacking a key argument made by the Democratic candidate waging a legal battle to get his name removed from the ballot in the U.S. Senate race.

Kobach on Thursday released an affidavit from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brad Bryant contradicting a sworn statement from Democrat Chad Taylor.

Kobach provided a copy of Bryant’s statement exclusively to The Associated Press before posting it online and said it would be key evidence.

Taylor submitted his statement to the Kansas Supreme Court in petitioning it to force Kobach to remove his name from the ballot.

Taylor said Bryant assured him that a withdrawal letter Taylor wrote was sufficient to get his name off the ballot. In his statement, Bryant said he never did so.

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