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Polls show close Kansas races

By The Herald Staff | 8/20/2014

Public Policy Polling released its most recent poll results of Kansas elections Tuesday, and the race for governor is much closer than Rasmussen Reports’ polls — which did not name Keen Umbehr as a candidate — showed just a week previously.

Democrat nominee Paul Davis leads incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback 39 to 37 percent in the poll, with Keen Umbehr at 9 percent, according to Public Policy Polling. Rasmussen Reports, which asked likely voters to choose between Davis, Brownback and “some other candidate,” listed Davis leading Brownback 51 to 41 percent, with 3 percent for another candidate.

Public Policy Polling released its most recent poll results of Kansas elections Tuesday, and the race for governor is much closer than Rasmussen Reports’ polls — which did not name Keen Umbehr as a candidate — showed just a week previously.

Democrat nominee Paul Davis leads incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback 39 to 37 percent in the poll, with Keen Umbehr at 9 percent, according to Public Policy Polling. Rasmussen Reports, which asked likely voters to choose between Davis, Brownback and “some other candidate,” listed Davis leading Brownback 51 to 41 percent, with 3 percent for another candidate.

PPP said in the report that Brownback is receiving help from Umbehr in the election, which is rare for a Republican.

“This is actually an unusual instance where the Libertarian candidate is helping the Republican,” the report said. “Umbehr’s presence in the race is actually doing Brownback a favor by splitting the opposition to him some.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts faces two candidates who are polling well against him — Democrat Chad Taylor and independent Greg Orman. When asked to choose from all four candidates, including libertarian candidate Randall Batson, the polls indicated 32 percent would vote for Roberts, 25 percent for Taylor, 23 percent for Orman, 3 percent for Batson, and 17 percent undecided.

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