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Kansas Senate: Race between the Republican Roberts and the Independent Orman Remains Close

Remington Research Group, 10/9 – 10/12

Kansas Senate

  • Pat Roberts – Republican – 48%
  • Greg Orman – Independent – 46%
  • Undecided – 4%

The latest Remington Research Group poll is out and the Kansas Senate is a close one. We don’t often see independent candidates doing well in the polls, but that isn’t the case for Greg Orman. He is nearly tied with his Republican opponent Pat Roberts. 48 percent of the voters chose Roberts, while 46 percent Orman. When adjusted for the margin of error, either candidate could be in the lead. This election is very close.

The majority of voters view Orman as a favorable candidate when compared to Roberts. 43 percent of voters find him to be favorable, 40 percent do not, and 17 percent were undecided.

On the other hand, 41 percent find Roberts favorable, 48 percent do not, and 11 percent had no opinion.

Of the 1,000 likely voters polled, 56 percent want to see the Republicans in control, 35 percent the Democrats, and 9 percent had no preference.

When asked which party they believe Orman best represents, 48 percent of voters believed that he was most aligned with the Democrats, but an additional 48 percent believed that he was a true independent candidate with his own agenda.

As the election approaches, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has purchased $520,000 worth of broadcast air time in support of Roberts, who is their preferred candidate. The ads attack Orman and claim that he is a Democrat and that he supports Obama’s agenda. Will this last minute support sway the vote in favor of Roberts or will Orman win?

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