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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  • actor211

    If you lie to everyone, about everything, all the time, eventually they’ll turn on you.

    Keep fighting the will of the people, @BarackObama.

    • Stephen Barlow

      hehehehe Thanks Unka Bush.

  • actor211

    Not a wave, a tsunami.

  • actor211

    This isn’t a mandate for Republicans, it’s a restraining order on Democrats.

    • Stephen Barlow

      That’s about WRONG!

  • Stephen Barlow

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  • Charles Vincent

    Hmmm sounds like humble pie is being served. Better get your Sunday best on Allen.

  • ksren

    The Kansas people seen through Orman…He is a democrat but used the independent party to try and unseat Roberts…Roberts was the lessor of two evils.

    • FD Brian

      Roberts is an absentee Kansas resident and an absentee senator.

      • BHP9mm

        Orman is an absent minded libtard.

      • FD Brian

        Roberts is part of the problem. Politicians should be treated like diapers, changed often and for the same reason.

  • FD Brian

    Pat Roberts was also assisted by a truck load of Koch money. Pat Roberts missed 70% of his committee meetings and only rents a duplex. WFT are the people of Kansas thinking?

    • Stephen Barlow

      They are KAN asses

  • Stephen Barlow

    if only we had a GUN VIOLENCE CZAR!!!!!!! YOu would sit out a 21 say QUARANTINE and get monitored 24/7!!!!

    And if you WEREn’t WHITE, you get MURDERED for walking the streets while BLACK!

  • Stephen Barlow

    Wasn’t Orman guilty of a LAP dance 20 years ago and the sterile and erectionally deficient people of Kansas just HORRIFIED? I think Robert’s made a huge deal of it.