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Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race
The Hill ^

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 Roberts’s (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, Taylor’s 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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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; ks2014
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The Dems strategy is clear for Nov, this is kind of what they are pulling in Alaska with Parnell.
1 posted on 09/03/2014 3:32:16 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

The fake “Independents” will caucus with the Democrats, Bernie Sanders does, so they win.


2 posted on 09/03/2014 3:35:35 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: sunmars

I don’t know anything about Roberts. Is he at least semi conservative?


3 posted on 09/03/2014 3:39:44 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.)
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To: txrefugee

Where else are they going to pull this crap....the GOP needs to catch onto this game quick.


4 posted on 09/03/2014 3:40:14 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

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.


5 posted on 09/03/2014 3:40:27 PM PDT by Viennacon (Ir)
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To: Graybeard58

Probably depends on the topic and his election cycle...


6 posted on 09/03/2014 3:40:38 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: sunmars

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

CGato


7 posted on 09/03/2014 3:41:38 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: Graybeard58
I don’t know anything about Roberts. Is he at least semi conservative?

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.

8 posted on 09/03/2014 3:43:10 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: sunmars

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.


9 posted on 09/03/2014 3:44:01 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're yelling "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: rhinohunter

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.


10 posted on 09/03/2014 3:46:22 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: Viennacon

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.


11 posted on 09/03/2014 3:46:34 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: sunmars
According to RCP:
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

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/ks/kansas_senate_roberts_vs_taylor_vs_orman-5206.html>
12 posted on 09/03/2014 3:46:34 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: sunmars

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.


13 posted on 09/03/2014 3:47:43 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: sunmars
there are a ton of freepers who always vote to elect the dems....they'll hide behind "principle" or "conservatism" but what they really do is just hand election after election the dems.....

they elected bamey in 2012 and Frankin and a multitude of others....

14 posted on 09/03/2014 3:48:00 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

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.


15 posted on 09/03/2014 3:50:29 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: cherry

When there is no difference between the GOPe and the Dem then what’s the point?


16 posted on 09/03/2014 3:52:34 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: sunmars

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.


17 posted on 09/03/2014 3:54:05 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Repeal The 17th
According to the Wichita Eagle article, from Public Polling Policy, they had Orman up on Roberts, 43-33 in a head to head campaign.

Democrat Chad Taylor drops out of U.S. Senate race against Pat Roberts, Greg Orman

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.

CGato

18 posted on 09/03/2014 3:55:20 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: cherry
there are a ton of freepers who always vote to elect the dems....they'll hide behind "principle" or "conservatism" but what they really do is just hand election after election the dems

Pure unsubstantiated bovine feces.

19 posted on 09/03/2014 3:55:47 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: sunmars; cripplecreek; DoodleDawg; yldstrk; ozarkgirl

Lol!
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.


20 posted on 09/03/2014 3:56:13 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Conservative Gato

Last election results:
Pat Roberts(R) 60%, Jim Slattery(D) 36%


21 posted on 09/03/2014 3:58:10 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: KC_Lion

So whats happening, how do you see things playing out?


22 posted on 09/03/2014 3:59:05 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: Fledermaus; cherry

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone. You may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost- John Quincy Adams


23 posted on 09/03/2014 4:00:57 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: cherry

Yet here you are.


24 posted on 09/03/2014 4:02:53 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: rhinohunter

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.


25 posted on 09/03/2014 4:03:38 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Viennacon

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.

Remember Mississippi.

These players need to lose for us to have a prayer for restoring the traditional Republican platform.


26 posted on 09/03/2014 4:10:48 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Conservative Gato

PPP has been the most accurate polling firm two cycles running now.


27 posted on 09/03/2014 4:13:30 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: sunmars
the balance of the Senate matters this year.

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.

/johnny

28 posted on 09/03/2014 4:14:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cherry

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.


29 posted on 09/03/2014 4:16:29 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Graybeard58

The first 4 years of his term, no. The last 2, yes.


30 posted on 09/03/2014 4:20:12 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Viennacon

Yel. Roberts has no chance at getting my vote.


31 posted on 09/03/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: sunmars
the balance of the Senate matters this year.

Do you really think we have a chance in hell of taking back the SINate this year?

32 posted on 09/03/2014 4:26:54 PM PDT by Two Thirds Vote Aye (I was saying 'I hope he fails' even before Rush was.)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

Yep........

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.


33 posted on 09/03/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars
Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the Kansas Senate race, according to local reports, complicating Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) reelection fight.

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.

34 posted on 09/03/2014 4:32:16 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

You a bettin’ man?
52R; 46D; 2I
Whadda’ ya’ say?


35 posted on 09/03/2014 4:32:44 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: cherry
Well written and correct. Roberts is a reliable vote for conservatives most of the time and did not deserve the treatment he received. The tea party wanted a scalp and went after him. The lunacy of it all.

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.

36 posted on 09/03/2014 4:34:42 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


37 posted on 09/03/2014 4:37:13 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: sunmars

My prediction is that Roberts will be elected with over 58% of the vote.


38 posted on 09/03/2014 4:37:45 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: sunmars
Did you forget what happened in 2008 and 2012? Do you not realize that there are a number of RINOs in the SINate that will betray us and cling to the ILLEGITIMATE OFFSPRING OF FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS?
39 posted on 09/03/2014 4:38:49 PM PDT by Two Thirds Vote Aye (I was saying 'I hope he fails' even before Rush was.)
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To: Viennacon

“”””

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.””””

Franken lives in New York and nobody cares about that.


40 posted on 09/03/2014 4:43:20 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Repeal The 17th

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.


41 posted on 09/03/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT by Two Thirds Vote Aye (I was saying 'I hope he fails' even before Rush was.)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

So you’re not a bettin’ man?


42 posted on 09/03/2014 4:45:33 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: KC Burke

Sadly, you’re probably right.


43 posted on 09/03/2014 4:46:10 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: All

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.


44 posted on 09/03/2014 4:48:45 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: RIghtwardHo; Extremely Extreme Extremist

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?


45 posted on 09/03/2014 4:50:17 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Repeal The 17th

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.


46 posted on 09/03/2014 4:54:22 PM PDT by Two Thirds Vote Aye (I was saying 'I hope he fails' even before Rush was.)
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To: shelterguy

Democrat = different rules


47 posted on 09/03/2014 4:56:57 PM PDT by Viennacon (Ir)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

hot air


48 posted on 09/03/2014 5:01:42 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

“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.


49 posted on 09/03/2014 5:01:48 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: colorado tanker

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.


50 posted on 09/03/2014 5:01:55 PM PDT by hirn_man
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