The Democratic Senate nominee in Kansas will not take being left on the ballot sitting down.
Chad Taylor said Thursday evening that he would challenge Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s decision to keep his name on the ballot in November after Taylor filed paperwork Wednesday to withdraw from the race.
“I am planning to challenge the ruling of the Kansas Secretary of State,” Taylor said in a statement emailed to reporters. He invoked Kobach’s membership on incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts’ honorary campaign committee and reiterated that he had consulted with a member of Kobach’s office before filing his paperwork while announcing the challenge.
It was not immediately clear whether Taylor would file his challenge with a court or the Kansas Objections Board, which covers election issues. But Kobach said earlier Thursday that the board, which is under his authority, would not handle any appeal.
Taylor attempted withdrawal from the race was perceived as a maneuver by Democrats to pit the Republican Roberts against independent candidate Greg Orman, who had led Roberts in some polling and was previously a Democrat.