Someone other than Roberts preferred in poll


By Mary Clarkin

By Mary Clarkin

The Hutchinson News, Kan.

(MCT) — An "alternative candidate" to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts proved more popular than the veteran lawmaker, according to a telephone survey

The campaign of Greg Orman, an Olathe businessman aiming to run as an independent in the November election for U.S. Senate, released a poll Thursday showing 40 percent said their initial vote preference was Roberts, while 50 percent preferred "alternative candidate" and 10 percent were undecided.

From April 7-9, Hamilton Campaigns, Washington, D.C., surveyed 500 registered voters likely to vote in November. The margin of error is a plus or minus 4 percent.

The ongoing war within the Republican Party's conservative and moderate wings has caused some dissatisfaction, said Orman's survey research consultant David Beattie in a media conference call. Beattie said the anticipated gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democrat Rep. Paul Davis appears to be toss-up, with polling showing 48 percent for Davis, 46 percent for Brownback.

Right now, Beattie said, some Republicans are not voting for Brownback. Voters also are particularly upset with the parties in Washington, he said. Those are all elements that say voters are looking for something different, Beattie said.

Democrats Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner are running for the Senate. In the Republican primary, Roberts is challenged by Milton Wolf, D.J. Smith and Alvin Zahnter. Libertarian Randall Batson will be on the November ballot, and Orman is gathering petition signatures to gain a spot on the ballot, too.

Beattie thinks it will be easier for an independent to pick up votes from dissatisfied party voters.

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