The following was originally published in WIBW.com.
The race for the governor’s office could hardly get much closer.
According to a new poll, Sec. of State Kris Kobach holds a razor-thin, single-point edge over state Sen. Laura Kelly. The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows the Republican nominee up 39% to 38% over the Topeka Democrat, if the election were held today. Independent candidate Greg Orman comes in third with 9% support.
Pollsters then read a positive statement about each of the top three candidates, gauging support for each position. The statement about Kelly referenced her military upbringing and education funding. The one referring to Kobach’s positions mentioned spending and taxes, abortion, and the 2nd amendment. And, the Orman question talked about his business experience and independence.
After asking about those three statements, PPP once again asked whom the respondents would support. Both Kelly and Orman ticked up one percentage point, while Kobach remained flat at 39%. That extra point brought Kelly into a tie for first.
Approximately 1 in 10 voters in both passes have not made up their minds. Libertarian Jeff Caldwell and independent Rick Kloos, each registered nominal support.