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Poll: Roberts, Orman in Dead Heat in Kansas Senate Race

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 10:52 PM

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Kansas is going down to the wire: incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman are neck-and-neck at 46 percent each, a new poll shows.

In the same Monmouth University poll, incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is down 5 points against Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

"The Kansas polls have been volatile ever since the Democratic nominee withdrew from the Senate race. There may be enough ticket splitting to give the Republicans a win in one contest but not the other," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in West Long Branch, N.J., said of the grim polling for Brownback in the gubernatorial race.

The Senate race is considered key for Republicans counting on keeping the GOP seat in Kansas in the battle to win control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

According to the poll, 76 percent of Republicans say they plan to vote for him.

Also, 30 percent of those surveyed said it makes "no difference" whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate, though respondents had a slight preference for GOP control: 37 percent prefer the Republicans, 29 percent prefer the Democrats.

Roberts has clawed his way back into the race after struggling, especially with conservative voters: a CNN/ORC poll earlier this month gave Roberts a 1-point lead over the challenger, while a previous NBC/Marist poll showed Orman with a 10-point lead.

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The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Kansas is going down to the wire: incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman are neck-and-neck at 46 percent each, a new poll shows.
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