New polls give Senate, gubernatorial incumbents slight edge in Kansas

A pair of political polls released Wednesday show both U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback meeting or leading their challengers.

Asked in a CNN/ORC International survey whom they would vote for if the election were to be held today, 49 percent of 687 likely voters polled said they favored Republican Roberts, while 48 percent chose independent candidate Greg Orman.

The same poll showed Republican Brownback and Democrat Paul Davis getting equal support – 49 percent each – from likely voters.

Libertarian candidates were not included in the poll.

Likely voters surveyed in a Fox News poll also favored the incumbents, with Roberts leading Orman by 5 percentage points (44 to 39 percent) and Brownback up 6 points over Davis (46 to 40 percent). Libertarian Senate candidate Randall Batson drew 3 percent, and gubernatorial candidate Keen Umbehr drew 2 percent.

The Fox poll marks a turnaround in the races. Just three weeks ago, Orman was 6 points ahead of Roberts and Davis was up 4 points over Brownback.

Orman and Davis continued to lead in the KSN News Poll by Survey USA released Monday.

The Fox News survey was conducted by phone Oct. 4-7 and included 702 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The CNN/ORC survey was conducted by phone Oct. 2-6. Respondents were broken down into registered and likely voters, with a plus or minus 3.5 percent margin of error.

Despite incumbents leading among likely voters in the CNN/ORC poll, the majority of 867 registered voters favored Orman and Davis. Both were getting 49 percent support, compared to 46 percent for Roberts and Brownback.

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