Friday, August 24, 2018

Real Clear Politics: Independent Candidate Upends Kansas Governor's Race

The following was originally published in Real Clear Politics.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats horrified by the thought that provocative conservative Kris Kobach could be Kansas’ next governor are attacking a Kansas City-area businessman whose independent candidacy could thwart their ambitions and help elect the Republican.
Their reaction to Greg Orman, the 49-year-old founder of a private equity fund, contrasts sharply with Democrats’ embrace of Orman during a U.S. Senate run in 2014 that garnered national attention. This time, Democrats have launched a legal challenge aimed at removing Orman from the November ballot, and a state board plans to consider it Thursday.

Orman expects to tap discontent with the two major parties to become his red state’s first independent governor, and supporters contend political scientists and partisan activists greatly underestimate voters’ disgust with the hyper-partisanship in U.S. politics. He’s also willing to spend his own funds, dropping $650,000 in July, a large sum...

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