Incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts Successfully Defeats Independent Gary Orman in Kansas

Pat RobertsIn another big blow for Democrats, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has won re-election in Kansas against Independent Gary Orman.

It was one of the most interesting Senate campaign of the year, and Republican incumbent Senator Pat Roberts had been in a statistical tie in most polls with challenger Gary Orman during much of the campaign.


This race was particularly interesting because just a few weeks ago the Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor quit his campaign. It was quite the controversial tactic that even I wasn’t exactly thrilled with. While it could have benefited my ideologies, I’d still rather not use tricks and borderline cheating methods to win elections.

Essentially what happened was that Democrats in Kansas realized that Taylor didn’t really stand a chance at defeating Roberts but Orman did. It seems they made the calculated move to remove their candidate, which avoids possibly splitting the vote, hoping that since they couldn’t defeat incumbent Republican Roberts, Orman might be able to.

The belief seemingly being that even if Democrats can’t defeat a Republican, any Republican loss is a win for their party.

But that strategy obviously failed as Orman failed to oust incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

And while this wasn’t a “gain” for the GOP, it was one of the few incumbent Republicans that Democrats had hoped would lose his re-election bid.

But unfortunately that didn’t happen.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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