Elections 2014

Poll shows races tightening in Kansas

Peter Hancock

A new poll out Monday by the Democratic firm [Public Policy Polling][1] shows the races for governor and U.S. Senate in Kansas getting tighter. Based on a survey, 1,081 likely voters conducted over the weekend, the governor's race between Republican Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger Paul Davis is now ...

2nd District race tightens; Roberts threatens shutdown over Gitmo

Peter Hancock

**Dem. poll: Jenkins leads by single digits** An internal poll for Democrat Margie Wakefield suggests her race against Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd Congressional District may be tightening. The poll, which was provided to the Journal-World from someone not affiliated with either campaign, shows Jenkins leading Wakefield, 48-43 percent. ...

Recent polls showing no clear direction in either senate or governor's race

Peter Hancock

Either something strange is happening in the Kansas electorate, or there's something wrong with recent polling in the top two races in Kansas. Based on polls released just in the past week, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts could be five points up, or 10 points down, or anywhere in between, in ...

Notes from the trail: Polling; Roberts endorsements; Cato Institute

Peter Hancock

**Latest polling** Two new polls came out over the weekend that may indicate a shift in races for governor and U.S. Senate. Or, they may not. One came from [NBC and Marist College][1] purportedly showing a dead heat in the governor's race and a 10-point lead for independent candidate Greg ...

Latest poll shows GOP still in trouble; tea party playing hardball

Peter Hancock

**Top Republicans still trailing** A new, independent poll out this week confirms again what other polls have been saying for weeks, that Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback are both trailing behind their challengers, but not by insurmountable margins. The [Suffolk University/USA Today poll][1] shows independent U.S. Senate candidate ...

As court ponders ballot case, polls show why it matters

Peter Hancock

Some number of people in Kansas — it's not really clear how many — are eagerly awaiting a decision from the Shawnee County District Court about whether Democrats will be required to name a candidate for the U.S. Senate. In the meantime, a new look at the polls in that ...

Former ambassador calls Roberts 'congenital liar' complicit in torture scandal

Peter Hancock

While Sen. Pat Roberts is hosting national Republican figures to help out in his re-election campaign, another national figure is weighing in on the race, accusing the Kansas senator of being a “congenital liar” who was complicit in allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to engage in torture. Joseph C. Wilson, the ...

Roberts once supported firearms background checks

Peter Hancock

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is about to get some help from the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, which [endorsed him][1] for re-election earlier this month, based in part on his opposition to requiring background checks for all gun sales. The [Washington Post][2] and the [Wall Street Journal][3] both reported ...

Schmidt, seeking to file brief in Senate ballot lawsuit, concedes law not entirely clear

Peter Hancock

Attorney General Derek Schmidt sought permission Thursday to file a friend of the court brief in the ongoing litigation over naming a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas in a race that could determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress next year. In a motion filed ...

Poll shows governor's race tightening; Dole stumping for Roberts

Peter Hancock

The polling firm Rasmussen Reports on Monday released details of its latest poll that appears to show the Kansas governor's race tightening, but which raises as many questions as it answers. Their [latest poll][1], conducted Sept. 16-17, shows Democrat Paul Davis leading by four points, 47-43 percent over Republican Gov. ...

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