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Kansas High Court to Hear U.S. Senate Ballot Dispute

The battle over the ballot in the Kansas Senate race continues. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee, is trying to keep his name off the ballot this November. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to keep his name on. And now, the Kansas Supreme Court will decide.

Next week, the Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing on a petition by Chad Taylor to get his name removed from the ballot. The court has scheduled arguments for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss says the court will hear the case without a review by a lower court because of the need for an authoritative ruling. Taylor dropped out of the Senate race last week - or at least tried to drop out.

But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor didn't comply with the law in doing so. Taylor disputes that claim. Taylor's withdrawal could boost the chances of independent candidate Greg Orman in his effort to defeat three-term GOP Senator Pat Roberts. 

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