Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas was elected to a fourth term Tuesday, just one day after Vice President Joe Biden said his independent opponent would caucus with the Democrats.
Roberts handily defeated his independent challenger, Greg Orman, 53-43 percent, even though several polls showed Orman slightly ahead just days before the election.
In September, Democrat Chad Taylor was able to withdraw from the race, turning what seemed like an easy race for Roberts into an uphill battle. He was initially kept on the ballot by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, but was able to withdraw after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Taylor be taken off the ballot.
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Throughout the race, Orman did not indicate whether he would caucus with Republicans or Democrats. But the Vice President told Connecticut station WPLR Tuesday that Orman would caucus with Democrats.
“We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas.”
The Kansas GOP sent out a robocall in response, with Biden acknowledging that Orman would join the ranks of the Democrats, according to CNN.
“This is an urgent voter alert for Kansas voters. Joe Biden admitted that Greg Orman will become a Democrat in the U.S. Senate even though Orman is denying it to Kansas voters. Listen to what Biden has to say in his own words.”
On Monday, The Washington Post, The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, and The Huffington Post were all split on whether Roberts or Orman was going to win in Kansas.
WaPo, 97 percent GOP; NY Times, 51 Percent Independent; FiveThirtyEight, 54 percent Independent; HuffPollster, 50/50 split
H/T IJ Review