WICHITA, Kansas — In the race for U.S. Senate, Independent Greg Orman continues to gain ground.
In the latest KSN News Poll, conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA, the race shows Republican Pat Roberts at 37 percent, Democrat Chad Taylor at 32 percent, and Orman at 20 percent. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percent.
“At this point, I would say that it is anybody’s race,” said KSN Political Analyst Jeff Jarman. “Roberts’ numbers have been steady. Taylor’s numbers have been steady. It’s Orman who is gaining ground.”
“He’s gaining name recognition,” said Jarman. “Undecided voters appear to be breaking for Orman right now, and that’s not surprising,” he added.
KSN asked Jarman if Orman has a chance to win.
“Yes, absolutely he has a chance to win, but the real trick for him will be pulling decided Democrats and decided Republicans away from their candidates, towards a third party,” explained Jarman.
Jarman also told KSN that Kansas has sent only Republicans to the United States Senate for many decades. It’s another reason the “Orman Factor” in this race is really mixing things up.
“We’ve sent Republicans since the 1930’s and this could be a major change if we were to send either Taylor or Orman, and if this race tightens, we can expect major money to come in to try to protect that seat,” said Jarman.
As indicated in the latest KSN News Poll, voters say jobs and the economy is the most important issue in the U.S. Senate race. Of the 560 likely voters surveyed, 41 percent said the economy is most important.
Likely voters said that immigration and Obamacare are also important issues in this race; 22 percent of likely voters said immigration was most important and another 22 percent of likely voters also said Obamacare was most important.
For likely voters that said Obamacare is the most important issue in the race for U.S. Senate, 48 percent of likely voters said they would cast a ballot for incumbent Senator Pat Roberts, 25 percent would vote for Chad Taylor, and 18 percent would vote for Greg Orman. Only two percent were undecided.
KSN reached out to all of the U.S. Senate candidates to find out their opinion of Obamacare and what they would change, if anything.
Sen. Pat Roberts’ campaign sent KSN this statement:
“Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with a health care system that protects the religious values of Americans as well as protecting their ability to [choose] their own doctors and health care. I have voted to repeal and replace Obamacare at every opportunity and I have championed 29 initiatives to repeal and replace it.”
Democrat Chad Taylor told KSN that while he supports some elements of Obamacare, he says changes need to be made.
“I think that if you look at the basic premise of the Affordable Care Act, there are components of it, the way it was rolled out, the way it was promulgated that have created some problems. The United States Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House John Boehner, said it’s the law of the land,” explained Taylor.
The Independent candidate, Greg Orman, says the issue is larger than simply ‘Obamacare.’
“I think we need to change our reimbursement systems in healthcare to help pay for quality healthcare instead of just paying for the quantity of healthcare performed. Healthcare, I like to say, is the only industry where you get paid to fix your own mistakes and we’ve got to change that dynamic,” said Orman.
SurveyUSA interviewed 900 Kansan adults between August 20 – August 23. Of the adults interviewed, 740 were registered to vote. Of those registered, SurveyUSA determined that 560 people are likely to vote in the general election on November 4.