One month ago, some pollsters weren’t even including Kansas’s independent candidate Greg Orman in their surveys. Now, after a surprising withdrawal from the Democratic candidate and an unexpected turn of events, Orman is leading Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, according to a new survey.
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll finds Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent among likely voters in what has become one of the more competitive races this cycle after Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out last month. Taylor was initially denied removal from the ballot by the Kansas secretary of state, but after Taylor filed a lawsuit the state’s supreme court ruled in his favor.
The poll is the first to be released since the ruling last month.
Meanwhile, 11 percent of respondents said they remain undecided. Fourteen percent said they had never heard of Orman.