US Senate race heats up again in Kansas

Greg Orman (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

WICHITA, Kansas – It’s already been heated. Now, it gets really interesting. The United States Senate race in Kansas is a dead heat in the polls.

On Tuesday, incumbent Republican Pat Roberts is settling in some new campaign staffers, while Independent challenger Greg Orman defends a lawsuit.

“The race clearly has national implications, and Republicans nationally are fighting for control to actually have a majority of the United States Senate so we can pursue policies like repealing Obamacare,” Chris LaCivita tells KSN News.

LaCivita is new to Kansas. He’s considered by many to be a national Republican strategist. Some have asked if he has has joined the Pat Roberts for Senate campaign to fight off Greg Orman.

Orman was polling a few months ago at 14% in KSN News Polls. A month later at 20%. And the latest KSN News Poll out this week, completed by SurveyUSA, has Orman leading by a point in a very tight race. The margin for error in the KSN News Poll is +/-4.2%.

“We are here to sharpen the focus of the campaign,” says LaCivita.

Meanwhile, that independent candidate Greg Orman, who last ran for U.S. Senate in Kansas as a Democrat, is defending a lawsuit that has gone public.

The Associated Press is reporting that Orman is one of several people named in a Federal Lawsuit with the Everlast sports company. Everlast is claiming Orman and others owe $30 Million in royalties to the company.

“The Everlast case is an ongoing commercial dispute without merit,” says Orman Spokesperson Sam Edelen. “Greg Orman came to the rescue of a company forced to shutter its doors, saving a 37-year-old Kansas-based business and 50 Kansas jobs. As the only candidate in this race who has built companies and created jobs, Greg Orman uniquely understands the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners.”

In another twist, the Democrat challenger Chad Taylor tried to get off the ballot for U.S. Senate last week. Kansas Secretary of State, Republican Kris Kobach, denied Taylor’s request to be removed from the ballot for the U.S. Senate race. Kobach says Taylor did not follow the rules and list that he was “incapable of holding the position” if elected.

On Tuesday, Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon vows to take the matter of Taylor to the Kansas Supreme Court.

“We know it’s going to be a wild ride,” said LaCivita.

“Calling in a mudslinging hit squad from Washington is just one more example of how out of touch Pat Roberts has become,” says Edelen. “The way Mr. Roberts is running his campaign is exactly what’s wrong with the politics of Washington — yelling, screaming, pointing fingers and blaming others for his inability to work with others to get anything done. Greg Orman is running on his record as a successful businessman who will solve problems and get Washington working again for Kansans.”

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