The Kansas State Objections Board has ruled against a Democratic complaint claiming that Independent Greg Orman filed enough illegitimate ballot petition signatures to disqualify him from the November campaign. The Board’s action secures Mr. Orman’s ballot position unless the Democratic plaintiffs can overturn the ruling in court.
The Democrats fear that Orman will drain too many votes away from their open seat gubernatorial nominee, state Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka), and secure victory for Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), who replaced Gov. Sam Brownback (R) after he accepted a federal appointment, lost the Governor’s nomination to Mr. Kobach by just 361 votes statewide.
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