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Kansas Political Races Gear Up For Final Stretch

Cody Newill

With Election Day closing in fast, campaigns for the Kansas Governor's office and Kansas U.S. Senate seat are trying to seal the deal by doubling down on what they hope will be winning strategies.

At  the "Take Back Kansas" rally in Overland Park Saturday, Democratic candidate Paul Davis' running mate Jill Docking emphasized that multi-partisanship would be their campaign's key to usurping Gov. Sam Brownback.

“The reason I'm so optimistic about this race is because I have never, in all my years in politics, seen [this type] of coalition moving forward," Docking said. "[We have] friends in the Republican party, those people who are Independents, and Democrats getting out to vote."

Both Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts were largely expected to win reelection just a few months ago, but are currently locked in much more difficult races than originally expected. Washburn University Political Science professor Bob Beatty says that, at this point, Roberts is focusing on bringing in as much GOP star poweras possible to keep his base from crumbling.

“Pat Roberts has conceded, obviously, the Democratic vote, and he's conceded a certain amount of Independent votes," Beatty said. "What he’s really fighting over is the Republican vote, and trying to keep Republican defectors as minimal a number as possible.”

Thelatest polls from Rasmussen show Davis up 52-45 percent over Brownback, and Orman up 49-44 percent over Roberts.

Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.
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