A new poll shows independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman leading Republican incumbent Pat Roberts by 46-41 percent.
The survey, taken Saturday through Tuesday for USA Today and Suffolk University, showed that 11 percent were undecided, which suggests the race remains in play with about a month to go before election day.
The poll did not include a Democrat. A Shawnee County court ruled Wednesday that the Kansas Democratic Party does not have to place a candidate on the ballot.
“Orman has gained from Democratic nominee Chad Taylor’s dropping out of the race in September, and now he’s presenting a solid challenge to longtime Senator Pat Roberts,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.
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In the governor’s race, Democrat Paul Davis continued to hold a small lead over incumbent Sam Brownback by 46-42 percent, the poll showed.
In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Kris Kobach led Democrat Jean Schodorf by 45-40 percent.