Kansas Supremes Don’t Hang Chad Out

The Kansas Supreme Court placed another twist on the wild US Senate race Thursday.
The Court ruled Kansas secretary of State Kris Kobach should remove Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot as the Democratic US Senate nominee.
The Court ruled Kobach, as the state’s top election official, has “no discretion” on removing Taylor.
Kobach refused to do so. He claimed Taylor’s withdrawal letter was not properly written.
Kobach’s lawyer argued before the high court that Taylor’s mere citation of the Kansas law allowing candidate to drop outwas insufficient. Kobach claimed the candidate needed to state he was “ incapable of fulfilling the duties of office”.
The justices disagreed . They wrote that citing the appropriate statue was enough to require the Republican Secretary of State to drop the Democratic Senate nominee from the ballot.
The printing of those ballot is about to start so there was a time factor in the hearing this week and the ruling two days later.
Three term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts was furious.
“This not only a travesty to Kansas voters, but it a travesty to the judicial system and our electoral process.
Roberts says the Courts ruling cancels out the 65,000 Democrats who voted in the August 5th primary.
Kansas Republicans are accusing National democrats of condoning a power play to stop republicans from gaining six US Senate seats and taking control of the body.
“It’s pathetic that the Kansas Democrats are celebrating that their own candidate…quit,” said Kansas Republican Chairman Kelly Arnold.
Roberts seat had been considered a lock, until political problems started earlier this year for the veteran senator. Now he is regarded as the most vulnerable Republican in the 2014 Senate mid-term elections.
Both Roberts and Arnold blamed Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid for encouraging Taylor to drop from the race.
That is because independent candidate Greg Orman has more money and seems to be fielding a stronger campaign.
Supposedly, Democrats thought Roberts was more vulnerable in a head to head race with a democratic-leaning independent candidate as opposed to a three-way way with a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and an Independent opponent.
The Associaeted Press is reporting kobach expects the Kansas Democratic Party to name a replacement to the slot by late September.
That would be after ballots are shipped out to Kansas voters overseas in the military.
Kansas democratic Chairman Joan Wagnon berated Kobach in a statement Thursday night.
“ Kobach does not believe in fair play and will continue to break the rules,” Wagnon said in a statement.
Two polls released this week show an unexpectedly close Kansas Senate race.
A poll from the Democratic leaning public Policy Polling firm showed Orman leading Roberts 41-34%; with Taylor collecting 6% of the survey vote.
A Fox News Poll released this week shows Roberts leading Orman 40-38% and Taylor holding 11% of the vote.

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