Kansas Republicans are collectively having a very bad week. First up, a new Suffolk poll show a troubling trend for Senator Pat Roberts (R-VA):
Greg Orman, an independent candidate who has never won political office, now leads veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas by 46 percent-41 percent in the most surprising Senate race of the year, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds.
And adding to Roberts' woes is Wednesday's decision
by the Shawnee District Court, ruling that Democrats do not need to name a new Senate candidate on the November ballot, following Chad Taylor's withdrawal from the race last month.
Roberts is also feeling the heat from disgruntled Kansas tea partiers. They met with Kansas establishment Republican staffers this week and threatened to sit out the election if their list of demands aren't met. Among the demands: the Kansas medical ethics board drop their investigation of tea partier Milton Wolf, fire the staffer who initiated the investigation and promise with a pinky swear to replace Pat Roberts with Milton Wolf if Robert doesn't finish his term.
Unnamed representatives say fat chance:
Privately, members of the Brownback and Roberts campaigns and state party officials have scoffed at the list of demands, which they see as at best baseless and at worst illegal, like the call for Brownback to call off the investigation.
And speaking of Sam Brownback, the same Suffolk poll showed he's hurting too:
In one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback also trails his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, 46 percent-42 percent.
Something about losing 45 percent of tax income and tanking the economy in Kansas
isn't sitting well with voters, Republican or Democratic. Imagine that!
Despite all of the legal setbacks and court challenges, the Suffolk poll shows the worst secretary of state in the nation with a wider lead for Kobach than other recent polling from PPP and SurveyUSA.
But, it's still close and there is time to help Jean Schodorf put Kris Kobach out to pasture. You can help by chipping in $5 to help elect Jean Schodorf and send Kris Kobach packing.