GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Polls are tightening across the country as Election Day gets closer, but at least one race for Kansas State Senate is all but decided after one candidate dropped out.
“I’m voting against myself,” said Zach Worf, “but I’m not voting against my own interests.”
It was at a candidate’s forum on Monday that Democrat Zach Worf decided he would drop out of the race for State Senate in the 39th district, leaving Republican John Doll without an opponent.
“It was a shock,” said Doll. “I had no idea it was coming.”
Worf said he spent the majority of the forum agreeing with his opponent.
It wasn’t until the moderator asked the candidates what they disagree on that Worf made a decision.
“It made me take a step back and go, ‘Do I really need to continue to do this? Am I helping my community by continuing to do this?’ And the answer every time was no,” said Worf.
It just happened to occur on the night of the first presidential debate of the season, which underscores the significance of what happened. It’s an act of humility rarely seen in politics, putting the community’s needs first.
“By refusing to drop out,” said Worf, “it meant that John had to continue to plan speeches and debates as well as myself, and that’s not helping anybody when we agree on the same things.”
But Doll is undeterred. He says he loves a fight and will keep campaigning until Election Day, even if his opponent is voting for him.
“It’s not over till it’s over,” said Doll. “Till the votes are counted on November the eighth that evening, then I’ll be relieved.”
Worf plans to stay active in politics and hopes to be of use to Doll in the future.
“Zach will be somebody who I think will reach out if he sees something that he feels strongly about,” said Doll, “and certainly I’ll listen to what he has to say.”
Because this happened at such a late date, Zach Worf’s name will still appear on the ballot in November.