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Democrat Drops Out Of Kansas Senate Race

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“After much consideration and prolonged discussion with my supporters, my staff, and party leadership at every level, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Senate,” Taylor told the Wichita Eagle. “I have great love for the state of Kansas and the people that live here. I will continue to work in their best interest every day, but effective today, my campaign is terminated.”

Taylor's decision to drop out of the race may leave an opening for independent candidate Greg Orman, a former Democrat, who was leading Roberts in a recent survey that still had Taylor trailing the Republican senator.

Roberts' campaign manager called Taylor's decision a "corrupt bargain."

However, Orman seemed surprised by the news.