Pat Roberts may be hobbled after a tough Republican primary – which saw the U.S. senator win less than 50 percent of the vote – but he’ll still have the easiest path to victory in his four-way race in November, political scientists say.
Roberts, R-Dodge City, faces challenges from Democrat Chad Taylor, the district attorney for Shawnee County, and independent candidate Greg Orman, an Olathe businessman with deep pockets and a message that’s tailor-made for moderates.
Libertarian candidate Randy Batson also could draw votes.
Roberts held off a challenge from tea party-backed Milton Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, to win Tuesday’s primary. Roberts pulled in 48 percent of the vote to Wolf’s 41 percent, with two other candidates splitting the remaining ballots.
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Orman’s campaign called Roberts’ victory “stunningly weak” in a release the following day, noting that a majority of Republicans voted against the incumbent.