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Roberts facing ‘first tough race’ at age 78


The Washington Post’s Fix blog thinks it knows why Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has so fumbled his re-election campaign that he risks being defeated by an unknown independent: “It’s because he has never faced a competitive campaign before. Ever. Roberts has faced 11 federal elections, starting with his 1980 campaign for the House. In none of those 11 races has he ever taken less than 60 percent of the vote.” The Fix found that no other senator “has had such an easy ride,” though Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has “won eight without anything amounting to a scare.” The Fix concluded: “Having your first tough race at the age of 78 isn’t exactly great for sharpening one’s political skills.” – Rhonda Holman