According to NPR, the once “a low-key U.S. Senate race” in Kansas is “suddenly volatile”:
In presidential elections, Kansas is deep red. And the state’s entire congressional delegation is Republican.
But this year, there’s sudden volatility in Kansas politics. As a result, some longtime Republican officeholders are fighting to keep their jobs, including U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
Politics recently took the stage at the Kansas State Fair. Roberts, 78, who has has been in Congress for more than 30 years, debated opponent Greg Orman. He’s a 45-year-old businessman who is not a Democrat, but an independent. Orman is hoping that at a time of hyperpartisanship, moderate Republicans, Democrats and independents will find his pitch appealing.