Skip to comments.Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race
Posted on 09/03/2014 3:32:16 PM PDT by sunmars
Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the Kansas Senate race, according to local reports, complicating Sen. Pat Robertss (R-Kan.) reelection fight.
ADVERTISEMENT Local outlet Kansas First News is reporting Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, said he submitted papers to withdraw himself from the ballot at 4:15 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, just 45 minutes before the deadline to exit the race.
The race is now a three-way battle between Roberts, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson. Now, Taylors exit may create more of a headache for Roberts, who has emerged as surprisingly vulnerable in recent weeks, with multiple polls showing him holding just a single-digit lead in the race.
The GOP incumbent emerged from a contentious primary fight with his campaign coffers depleted and his profile in the state bruised due to a heavy focus from his primary opponent on questions of whether he actually lives in Kansas.
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The fake “Independents” will caucus with the Democrats, Bernie Sanders does, so they win.
I don’t know anything about Roberts. Is he at least semi conservative?
Where else are they going to pull this crap....the GOP needs to catch onto this game quick.
The GOPe is to blame for this mess. Pat Roberts should have retired the instant it was revealed he lives in Virginia. Now he’s vulnerable.
Probably depends on the topic and his election cycle...
I just read this from the Wichita Eagle online. Sounds like Orman polls better head to head with Roberts so that may be why Taylor pulled out to help his fellow liberal democrat, er, “independent”, lol
He's about as conservative as establishment GOP senators get. Which means he's conservative in election years and more moderate in the other 5.
I have great difficulty seeing how this will “complicate” things for Roberts. One of the big advantages enjoyed by demoncraps is that they have a built-in zombie base that will always vote for the ‘D’. It’s hard for me to imagine that the absence of a ‘D’ could be construed as anything other than a good thing.
I think its because he polls badly but in a year like this, i cannot see Kansas going against the tide coming.
Kansas needs it pointed out to them, the balance of the Senate matters this year.
Exactly! The GOPe is worse than the Dims themselves. Last poll I saw in a hypothetical two way with the Indy Roberts was down something like 10. And I don’t see him making it up. he’s just a bad candidate.
|Poll||Date||Roberts (R)||Taylor (D)||Orman (I)||Spread|
|SurveyUSA||8/20 - 8/23||37||32||20||Roberts +5|
|PPP (D)||8/14 - 8/17||32||25||23||Roberts +7|
|SurveyUSA||7/17 - 7/22||38||33||14||Roberts +5|
How does it matter with a Dim in the WH and 2016 on the horizon where the Dims get something like 10 seats? The Senate majority doesn’t matter at all. What matters is getting rid of the GOPe before we really have NO shot at changing the nation’s direction. That time is soon coming.
they elected bamey in 2012 and Frankin and a multitude of others....
its called cutting your nose off to spite their faces....it matters, another 2 years, the last 2 years of Obama with dimwit controlling the senate is nauseating.
When there is no difference between the GOPe and the Dem then what’s the point?
Good. I hope the Republicans get their asses kicked in November. The party stands for nothing, hasn’t done anything squat about Obama and his reckless policies, and has protected geriatric incumbents like Roberts and Cochran while giving conservatives the shaft. I honestly don’t care if the Rats takeover Congress.
I read in another thread this morning that Greg Orman ran as a democrat against Roberts in 2008. I think once people figure out he is a fake "independent" and just another democrat in sheep's clothing, I don't think that 10 point lead will hold. That is if that polling firm can be trusted.
Pure unsubstantiated bovine feces.
I was’ t even sure Taylor was a democrat.
His big sign over 18th expressway is “Vote Moderate”. With nary an indication he is a Democrat.
They have really been pushing that “Vote Moderate” crap here. With little success.
Last election results:
Pat Roberts(R) 60%, Jim Slattery(D) 36%
So whats happening, how do you see things playing out?
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone. You may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost- John Quincy Adams
Yet here you are.
I agree with you, this doesn’t “complicate” anything for Roberts. If anything it will look to ordinary voters like inside politics gamesmanship. I just don’t see any groundswell building for a country club Republican masquerading as an “Independent” as a halfway house to becoming a Democrat. Especially in a Republican year with an unpopular Dem President. This guy must have a miniscule base.
Actual conservatives are exacting a price for these RINO players. It’s pretty quiet about it, but it’s starting to show. The margins are telling the story.
More people have seen the enemy Marxists, and discovered the RINO’s are involved in arming them. The UniParty has got to go.
These players need to lose for us to have a prayer for restoring the traditional Republican platform.
PPP has been the most accurate polling firm two cycles running now.
Not really. With McConnell in charge, who has said he'll restore the filibuster rule, and what with him voting to advance Reid's agenda... Some of us don't want liberal republicans in control of the Senate again.
We've seen what they did when they had control. Are there taxes that need raised? Gang of 8 or 14 anyone?
When the republicans get conservative, then they can have the senate.
But not until then.
YOU are the ones who hide behind “principle”, which is code for “useful idiot”. Conservatives are finally showing some RESISTANCE to tyrants and the RINO’s who prop them up.
You show nothing so far as I can tell.
The first 4 years of his term, no. The last 2, yes.
Yel. Roberts has no chance at getting my vote.
Do you really think we have a chance in hell of taking back the SINate this year?
At the minute we are looking at 52 seats and if if it goes really well maybe 2 more unless this one messes up.
I’d rather have he senate for the next 2 years than not because come 2016, the senate cycle is against the GOP and if Hillary rolls in 2016, then god knows how long the GOP will be out of it.
One thing that may figure in to this political calculus, and that is the fact that absent Taylor, Obama is taken out of the Democrat's weakness in the election. He would probably have been an albatross around Taylor's neck. Now Orman can run as an Independent (who will, if he wins, caucus with the Democrats like Sanders). Final analysis: Democrats win.
You a bettin’ man?
52R; 46D; 2I
Whadda’ ya’ say?
Someone wrote on this thread that Roberts is a bad candidate. Roberts has been in office for decades - he can't be but so bad of a candidate. A bad candidate is one like, uhmmm-uhmmm Akin or, let's see, oh yes, O'Donnell.
Anyway, the last time Kansas elected a senator of democrat persuasion was in the 1930s.
In a republican year, the odds of Roberts losing are small, but there is always a possibility.
An additional prediction - McConnell is going to win by 10 points and the usual suspects on this website will be gnashing their teeth, moaning and groaning, claiming that McConnell rigged the election, cheated and the democrat should have won because, by golly, only their opinion matters and their opinion is the only plausible one to think and all the others are abhorrent and unnatural.
None of them can think strategically, at all. Simple and small minded, they have no idea how controlling the Senate can enhance 2016 presidential politics. Passing a few bills that will force Obama to address and veto, can help drive issues in the 2016 race. This is one way to go over the heads of the media.
Unfortunately for you, you don’t have the final say in the matter. You get one simple vote, if your state has a senate contest and that’s it.
My prediction is that Roberts will be elected with over 58% of the vote.
The GOPe is to blame for this mess. Pat Roberts should have retired the instant it was revealed he lives in Virginia. Now hes vulnerable.””””
Franken lives in New York and nobody cares about that.
See my post #39. There are too many RINOs for us to make any reasonable headway. Oh, YES, we want Ried out of there and that is the only benefit we will get out of it if we ‘get the SINate’ back. Believe me, there will be a hand full of RINOs that will vote for FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS’S OFFSPRING America-destroying agenda. We will really not have the SINate even though the numbers look like it.
So you’re not a bettin’ man?
Sadly, you’re probably right.
this is a test to see how many idiots they can get to crossover by making their guy appear more liberal, conservative or whatever they think will get them the win. It’s a test for 2016.
I hope the voters don’t fall for it.
Wichita was once the capitol of late term abortions in this country. It was a major industry and the source of most of Kathleen Sebelious’ money. The industry was supported in Kansas by Democrats and liberal Republicans, who are indistinguishable. These Republicans are no longer in power and no longer in the party. The are desperate to get back in the game. The Teachers Union is going after Governor Brownback and this ponzi scheme is designed to elect a Democrat to the Senate, which they can’t do if he runs as a Democrat.
The goal is to make Kansas abortion central once again. Quite a few freepers seem ready to help them in this quest, although now that they know, they won’t be able to use ignorance as an excuse.
We should vote for Democrats and help them win in other ways. They aren’t so evil. We’ll just pretend that abortion, organized criminal enterprises, destruction of American culture and economic success, and the spread of radical Islam doesn’t exist so that we can go after Republicans. What could possibly go wrong?
LOL!! I am a bettin’ man and I just got back from Vegas (where the OFFSPRING OF FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS TOLD AMERICANS NOT TO GO TO BACK IN 2009) with nothing to show, lol.
Democrat = different rules
“Do you really think we have a chance in hell of taking back the SINate this year?”
No. The GOP will gain a net of no more than four seats.
The most reliable Dem voters can’t do anything but vote straight party. If they have to vote for individual candidates they are going to get confused.