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The Chat: Has Greg Orman peaked?

Why does a winning baseball team make the world look so much brighter?

“My guess is Orman peaked a week ago.” — Mike Murphy, a longtime Republican political strategist, talking about whether the independent Senate candidate can hang on in his race against incumbent Republican Pat Roberts.

The New York Times gives Orman a 67 percent chance of defeating Roberts. But Murphy isn’t so sure, saying Orman’s non-partisan approach “doesn’t wear very well in the second look.” Political scientists say voters tend to return to their natural political roots as election day draws near, a trend that would favor Roberts.

“They’re winning, and we’re not.” — Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday speaking about ISIL.

The group has claimed territory in both Iraq and Syria. McCain called for more U.S. troops on the ground and for a no-fly zone over both Syria and Iraq.

“We are in the early stages of what is going to be, as President Obama has said, a long-term effort.” — National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rice said the early stages of the conflict have gone well. But patience will be key, she said, and that suggests this will be a political problem for the president heading into next month’s mid-term elections.

“There is real voter fraud going on in Kansas and across America. Ironically, the perpetrator is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a noted voter-fraud alarmist, joined by his allies.” — Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University.

In a column for Insight Kansas, Smith contends again that few cases of voter fraud have turned up across the country despite the claims of Kobach, who is seeking a second term in November. Smith said Kobach’s efforts to crack down on fraud have actually led to fewer legitimate voters.

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