GOP’s Roberts heads to swing-voting east Kansas

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GOP's Roberts heads to swing-voting east Kansas
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, center right, talks to a supporter as he campaigns before an NCAA college football game between Kansas and Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Lawrence, Kan. Roberts strolled the grassy hill to the south of Memorial Stadium before the University of Kansas football game, popping in and out of pregame party tents and chatting with voters in the Democratic-leaning city. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is taking his conservative re-election message into the state’s swing-voting east in his campaign against independent candidate Greg Orman .

Roberts planned to greet football fans attending the University of Kansas game Saturday in Lawrence , a day after Secretary of State Kris Kobach began preparing ballots without a Democratic candidate.

Roberts has won his three terms with at least 60 percent of the vote, but Orman could benefit from Democrat Chad Taylor’s exit from the race.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled this week that ballots should be printed without Taylor’s name, though Kobach has said he’s not abandoning efforts to get Democrats to name a replacement.

Roberts plans to campaign with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain next week in Lawrence and the nearby Kansas City suburbs.



 

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