WICHITA, Kansas – In the latest KSN News Poll, conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA, the race for Secretary of State is tied.
Both incumbent Republican Kris Kobach and Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf poll at 46 percent.
Eight percent of likely voters polled remain undecided. The undecided vote will be an important factor in the race for Kansas Secretary of State.
The margin of error is +/-4.2 percent.
Compared to previous KSN News Polls, in June, Kobach began with 47 percent of the vote, to Schodorf’s 41 percent. In July, those numbers did not change.
To date however, incumbent Kobach has now lost one point and Schodorf has increased five percent, resulting in the current tie.
Kobach holds 81 percent of the Republican base. Schodorf holds 89 percent of the Democratic base. Both Independents and Moderates break for the Schodorf.
Voters say that immigration is the most important issue in their vote for Secretary of State, and among voters who name immigration as most important, Kobach leads by a ratio of 2-to-1.
Among voters who name voter registration as most important, Kobach leads narrowly. Only among voters who name campaign-finance reform as most important does Schodorf lead.
Voters indicate that the race for Secretary of State could be decided based on Kobach’s push to require voters to prove their citizenship. Kobach told KSN he stands by his decision to do so.
“As people learn that I’m the candidate who brought proof of citizenship to Kansas elections and that my opponent, she is opposed to proof of citizenship laws, that will make the decision for many of them,” explained Kobach. “People who like our proof of citizenship protection should vote for me, and people who don’t like them should vote for my opponent.”
Schodorf told KSN that she supports showing identification at the polls, but says the law about showing citizenship in order to register to vote needs to be fixed.
“There’s a huge, huge hole in the law that has created 20,000 people unable to register to vote even though they are citizens. Many of them are grandparents and kids going back to college,” said Schodorf.
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.