The latest Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday morning shows challenger Chad Taylor within 4 points in his bid to unseat U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (40% -- 44%). Most recently, Taylor was within 5 points, according to a Survey USA poll released on July 23, 2014.
"This election is tightening because the people of Kansas recognize that they finally have a moderate alternative in this race," said Taylor. "They see that political labels are used to divide us. What most people in this state want is a fellow Kansan advocating for them in Washington as I have advocated for the victims and families of Shawnee County as the District Attorney."
This poll is the closest a Democrat in Kansas has been to a Republican incumbent senator since the advent of modern polling. Pat Roberts' campaign has been stalled since the three-term incumbent failed to win a majority of votes in the Republican primary. Roberts also failed to meet Taylor's challenge to debate him in each of Kansas' 105 counties, a challenge first made in February. Meanwhile, according to Pat Roberts' campaign manager, the Senator took time off after the primary to "rest at home" in Virginia. As Taylor's name identification has grown, so too has his share of the vote, showing momentum and resonance of his moderate, problem-solving message.
Campaign Manager Brandon Naylor said, "This poll shows the willingness of Kansans to shed political labels and return to the moderate middle, which Chad represents. In his time as DA, he has worked with law enforcement and local officials of all political stripes in order to do what was right. He will take the same approach to Washington, DC, tackling problems head-on to find practical solutions and working for Kansans every day."
An additional 8% of respondents said they were undecided while 7% said they would vote for another candidate.