Rand Paul's PAC Steps Into Tough Kansas Race
“Senator Roberts lives in Virginia, barely visits Kansas, and has failed to show up and do the job in Washington that the people of Kansas are paying him to do,” Jim Jonas, the campaign manager for Orman for Senate, said.
The race that no one in Kansas saw coming until serious questions were raised about whether Roberts could honestly claim residency in the state, and Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out of the Senate race, is still way too close to call.
A CBS/NYT imes/YouGov poll released Oct. 23 had Roberts up by 4 points. But an NBC/Marist poll released the next day had Orman up by 1 point and Rasmussen Reports had Orman up by 5 points.
Real Clear Politics called the race, one the GOP is counting on to win control of the U.S. Senate, a toss-up and had Orman in the lead by 0.6 points.
Still, Roberts’ polling numbers were getting better because the more Kansas learns about Orman, the less they like him.
The NBC News/Marist Poll had Orman in the lead 45 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, including those who described themselves as undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.
The NBC News/Marist poll also showed that while Roberts is still unpopular, his favorable rating had improved. In contrast, Orman’s negatives went up.
Roberts’ favorable rating among likely voters was 43 percent, a marked improvement from 37 percent a few weeks earlier.
Orman’s negative rating was 37 percent, up from 26 percent among Kansas’ likely voters.
Orman might have begun to dig his own grave when he promised to caucus with whichever party was in power in the Senate. Orman said that would be in the best interest of Kansas.
Republicans have done their best to tie Orman to President Obama, and Kansans don’t like the idea of one of their senators working with the Democrats.
“There’s nothing like the possibility of a U.S. senator from Kansas caucusing with the Democrats to make some voters rethink their choice for Senate,” said Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
“Orman’s initial double-digit lead over Roberts has evaporated, and the contest is now a tossup.”