“Paradoxically, Pat Roberts’ political future may depend on his Democratic opponent staying in the race. And that, in turn, affects the balance of power in the closely contested Senate,” an article in the New Yorker magazine noted. That’s because polling shows the Kansas Republican senator winning if the race is between him and Democrat Chad Taylor, or if the vote is split between him, Taylor and Independent Greg Orman (in photo). But if the race were only between Roberts and Orman, one poll had Orman ahead by 10 points. “With so much at stake, if the national Republicans were to take a purely Machiavellian perspective, they might find ways to help Taylor to stay in the race,” the article said. “This fall, Taylor may find himself some unexpected allies.”
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