Kansas is the most interesting state in the (political) union right now. And one man is right in the middle of it: Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
It was Kobach who ruled that Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, who wants to drop out of the Senate race, must remain on the November ballot. That decision could quite literally swing control of the U.S. Senate, depending on the winner of the contest between Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and independent candidate Greg Orman, whose emergence preceded Taylor's withdrawal. Kobach has also been inevitably allied with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is currently trailing his Democratic challenger in what could be the upset of the 2014 cycle.
So Democratic eyes are fixed on Kansas. But they aren't just looking at Brownback and Roberts. They want Kobach, too. He has the tea party resume that liberals loathe, and he's also up for re-election. Now it looks like Democrats have a realistic chance to unseat him.
The KSN News/Survey USA poll released Monday found Democratic candidate Jean Schodorf leading Kobach by three percentage points, 46 percent to 43 percent. That is within the margin of error, but it is a significant reversal from June when Survey USA found Kobach leading Schodorf, 47 percent to 41 percent.
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