Court says Kansas Democrats need not put candidate on ballot

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 01, 2014 3:12 PM

KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the U.S Senate ballot, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber.

A three-judge panel of the Shawnee County District Court ruled that no one has to replace Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out last month. Having no Democrat on the ballot will likely bring more votes to independent Greg Orman in his race against Republican Senator Pat Roberts.

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