Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) is retiring, leaving this marginal district open. Democrats have been high on their chances here with their candidate, former state House Minority Leader and 2014 gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis. Republicans hosted a difficult primary, and Afghan War veteran Steve Watkins, aided by a major independent expenditure that his father financed, overcame four state legislators to win the GOP nomination, but with only 26% of the vote. Therefore, Mr. Watkins has to scramble to unite a skeptical Republican base behind him.
Siena College also just tested this campaign (9/13-15; 500 KS-2 likely voters) and finds a dead heat general election contest. The Siena results finds Mr. Davis edging Mr. Watkins, 45-44%.
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