A Survey USA poll released today, commissioned by KSN -- Wichita, shows U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor is only 5 percentage points behind three-term incumbent Pat Roberts (37-32). This is the fourth poll in a month that confirms Taylor is within striking distance of Roberts.
"Put simply, our message of practical, common-sense problem solving is resonating," Taylor said.
"Pat Roberts has spent decades building a network of special-interest friends inside the Beltway and distancing himself from the Kansans he claims to represent. There's nothing he's going to be able to do in the next two months to change that. Meanwhile, I will continue to campaign by hearing the concerns of the people in our state and telling them how I will address those challenges in the United States Senate."
According to the KSN poll, 63% of Kansans do not support Pat Roberts' re-election, while a Public Policy Polling survey from August 19 shows only 18% of Kansans think he spends enough time in the state. This after USA Today reported earlier this summer that Roberts spent less than 13% of his time in Kansas over a two year period.
The four-way race in Kansas has become unexpectedly tight and no longer represents a "safe" Republican seat. Taylor has run an effective and efficient campaign that he has described as the "Moneyball Campaign." He is not intent on out-fundraising or outspending his opponents and instead prefers to meet Kansans where they are, in their communities, which he has been doing since March. Taylor is hosting a series of Kansas Economic Roundtables throughout the state, covering issues from agriculture to health care to economic development. His first television ad will begin airing over Labor Day weekend.