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Rasmussen poll: Roberts, McCain have 20-point Kansas advantages


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -I'm sitting here on press row at Union Station, waiting for Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, to begin a town hall meeting.We also wanted to pass along some interesting polling information by Rasmussen Reports released this week [ that says McCain now has a 20-point lead in Kansas][1] over Democratic candidate Sen. "Barack Obama and that incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., also has a [27-point lead][2] over likely challenger and Democrat Jim Slattery, a former U.S. House member.The Roberts camp touted the poll results this morning. "We have always believed this would be the result when Kansans are faced with the choice of Senator Pat Roberts who never stops working for Kansas, and Jim Slattery, a lobbyist who quit working for Kansas years ago to enrich himself off special interests," campaign spokeswoman Molly Haase said in a statement.Journal-World reporter Scott Rothschild received a statement from Slattery's camp that blamed Roberts' negative campaign ads recently for the bump."However, we're confident that once Kansans learn about Roberts abysmal record on energy policy, the economy, health care and the war that they will vote for change in November," said Slattery spokeswoman Abbie Hodgson.As for the McCain numbers, it appears he has recovered from losing the state in the February GOP caucuses. Several spectators who are awaiting his arrival this morning at Union Station plan to ask him questions about gasoline prices, energy policy and the economy. We'll see what he has to say.Lawrence resident Rick Davis, a 2005 Kansas University graduate and former Kansas House candidate, is in the crowd. He said McCain's campaign is more focused on Missouri right now as a swing state and that he should do well in Kansas.Obama has Kansas family ties, and he did very well in the Democratic caucuses. But political scientists [have anticipated it will still take a major political event][3] for Kansas to come into play.This likely won't be why Obama would choose her for the ticket, but one thing that could influence the Kansas race would be Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Obama's vice presidential nominee."Without that, I think (McCain's) got it locked up," Davis said this morning while he waited for McCain to make his Kansas City, Mo., appearance. [1]: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/kansas/election_2008_kansas_presidential_election [2]: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_senate_elections/kansas/election_2008_kansas_senate [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jun...


Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

I can't see Roberts winning by that much in November, but he should win easy enough. Obama might still win Kansas, but probally not, he is not the hot ticket he was six moths ago.

HMcMellon 9 years, 10 months ago

Roberts was behind in the polls until the oil companys and other monopolies started pouring money into his campaign to run those attack ads. Slattery worked as a lobbyist, and Roberts is STILL working FOR the lobbyists. The only difference is that the big corporations that Roberts still represents have a whole lot more money to support the Robert's campaign than the companies that Slattery used to represent. Roberts has done virtually nothing for Kansans but has worked hard for the oil companies, defense contractors and other tax-sucking monopolies. Roberts is also a darling of communist China for supporting the budget deficit and borrowing more than a trillion from the commies and from Robert's totalitarian buddies in Saudi Arabia. I hope Kansans wake up to how hard Roberts has worked against our best interests.

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