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New polls show incumbents Pat Roberts, Sam Brownback still trail opponents

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (left) and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts celebrated at a Johnson County primary election watch party.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (left) and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts celebrated at a Johnson County primary election watch party. The Associated Press

Two new polls in Kansas suggest ongoing problems for Republican incumbents Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts just four weeks before Election Day.

A new Survey USA/KSN-TV poll shows Brownback trailing Democratic state Rep. Paul Davis in the governor’s race by a five-point margin, 47%-42%. The same poll shows Roberts trailing independent Greg Orman by the same five-point spread, with the same numbers: 47%-42%.

The spreads are consistent with most other recent polling.

Late Monday, the conservative media website Human Events released a poll showing Orman leading Roberts 47%-40% and Davis leading Brownback 48%-40%.

A Marist/NBC poll Sunday showed Roberts trailing Orman by 10 points, while Brownback trailed by just one.

The Hill says Roberts is dialing for dollars. To date, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (chaired by Sen. Jerry Moran) has not purchased commercial time in Kansas on Roberts’ behalf.

But one Republican says the Republican National Committee is sending staff to the state to help, including Roberts’ efforts in Johnson County.

Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo has a story about a phenomenon we’ve discussed: so far, there hasn’t been a lot of outside money in the Senate race.

Conservative Hugh Hewitt is coming to Roberts’ rescue.

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