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Polls: Dems closing gap in tight races for governor, US Senate

By The Herald Staff | 8/13/2014

TOPEKA — Democrats are gaining ground on Republican incumbents in a deep-red state, recent polls suggest.

In a contentious race for Kansas governor, Democrat challenger Paul Davis has flipped incumbent Republican Sam Brownback’s lead in the polls, according to Rasmussen Reports, a top national pollster.

TOPEKA — Democrats are gaining ground on Republican incumbents in a deep-red state, recent polls suggest.

In a contentious race for Kansas governor, Democrat challenger Paul Davis has flipped incumbent Republican Sam Brownback’s lead in the polls, according to Rasmussen Reports, a top national pollster.

While Brownback led his challenger by seven points in April, Davis has taken a 17-point swing since the spring. Brownback has slipped to a 10-point hole in his pursuit for re-election, Rasmussen Reports announced Tuesday in a poll that surveyed 750 likely voters Aug. 6-7. Davis leads Brownback with 51-41 in the poll. Rasmussen Reports said 5 percent of those surveyed were unsure, while 3 percent favored another candidate.

Though Davis, a Democrat, was shown to be in the lead this week, according to the polling data, Rasmussen Reports has been accused in the past of having a “pro-Republican” bias. Nate Silver, former statistics-based reporter for The New York Times, said the pollster had the most inaccurate polls during the 2010 midterm election.

Regardless of the criticism, Rasmussen Reports also detailed another top Kansas race, showing Republican Pat Roberts ahead of Democrat challenger Chad Taylor, though it remains a close 44-40 split. The poll also surveyed 750 likely voters Aug. 6-7.

In a previous poll, which imagined a general election race between incumbent Roberts and former Democrat Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who did not enter the contest, Roberts led Sebelius 54-37, according to the pollster.

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