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New poll shows Davis cracking 50 percent against Brownback

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and challenger Paul Davis, shown here during a debate in September.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and challenger Paul Davis, shown here during a debate in September. The Associated Press

After a string of troublesome polls for Democrat Paul Davis, a new survey shows him breaking 50 percent against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in the latest poll of the Kansas governor’s race.

The Monmouth University poll shows Davis leading Brownback 50 percent to 45 percent, just barely outside the survey’s margin of error.

Two percent backed another candidate (unmentioned in the poll) and the balance was undecided.

Monmouth’s analysts also found that the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent Greg Orman is tied at 46 percent each.

Two percent back another candidate and five percent of voters are still undecided, the poll showed.

In the governor’s race, the poll indicated that Brownback still has not locked down his Republican base, a phenomenon seen in other surveys.

The Monmouth survey found that Brownback was drawing support from 77 percent of Republicans while Davis was backed by 17 percent of GOP voters.

Davis, meanwhile, received 91 percent support from Democrats and 62 percent of independents. Brownback received just 9 percent from Democrats and 31 percent from independent voters.

Pollsters at the West Long Branch, N.J., university surveyed 429 likely voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

The Monmouth poll broke a string of several surveys in the last couple of weeks that showed Davis either in a dead heat or trailing Brownback.

To reach Brad Cooper, call 816-234-7724 or send email to bcooper@kcstar.com.

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