Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

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Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:36 AM
Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that has national implications because it could affect the battle for control of the Senate.

Democrat Chad Taylor's withdrawal could help independent candidate Greg Orman's chances to unseat vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor's name must remain on the ballot because he didn't comply with state election law.

Taylor has not explained why he withdrew, but several justices asked whether it was sufficient for the Democrat to simply cite the relevant law in his withdrawal letter.