The Remington Research Group released a new poll of the Kansas Governor’s race (7/19-20; 1,189 KS likely general election voters via automated response device) and finds a distinct difference in how the general election polling respondents break depending upon who is cast as the eventual GOP nominee.
If Gov. Jeff Colyer wins the party nomination, he would lead state Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) and significant Independent candidate Greg Orman, 38-28-10%. But, if Secretary of State Kris Kobach wins the Republican gubernatorial nomination on August 7th, the race becomes much tighter. Remington projects a virtual dead heat in the latter scenario, with Mr. Kobach leading 36-35-12% over Kelly and Orman, respectively. Having Mr. Orman campaigning from the left clearly makes the Democrats’ task more difficult as the eventual nominee will attempt to become the first Democrat to win the Kansas Governor’s office since Kathleen Sebelius was re-elected in 2006.
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