Dem’s Withdrawal Poses Threat to Roberts in Kansas Senate Race
A Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Kansas has withdrawn from the race, paving the way for a serious third-party contender against longtime Republican Sen. Pat Roberts — and jolting Republicans’ calculus for retaking the Senate.
Chad Taylor, a little-known and underfunded candidate who won the Democratic nomination last month, told the Kansas secretary of state’s office Wednesday afternoon that he is withdrawing from the race, a spokeswoman for the office said. That move could present Roberts with a strong reelection challenge from businessman Greg Orman, an independent candidate who, according to one recent poll, led Roberts in a head-to-head matchup.
Orman, 45, has shown some fundraising prowess throughout the campaign, raising more than $670,000 through mid-July.