New poll says US Senate race in Kansas is close

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, left, and independent candidate Greg Orman shake hands after a debate at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kan. The veteran Kansas Senator is struggling to win re-election and turn back a strong challenge from Orman, a suburban businessman running as an independent who is capitalizing on sentiment that the 78-year-old incumbent is out of touch. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A new poll suggests the U.S. Senate race in Kansas is close.

The poll released Sunday by NBC News and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York showed independent candidate Greg Orman as the choice of 45 percent of the likely voters surveyed.

Republican Senator Pat Roberts was the choice of 44 percent.

Libertarian candidate Randall Batson was chosen by 4 percent and 7 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

The poll surveyed 757 likely voters from October 18th through October 22nd. The margin of error was 3.6 percent.

More of those surveyed viewed Roberts unfavorably than favorably – 46 percent to 43 percent, with 11 percent unsure.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed viewed Orman favorably and 37 percent viewed him unfavorably. Another 18 percent were unsure.

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