WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri spoke to Chad Taylor in recent days about abandoning his bid to unseat Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, according to Democratic officials.
The officials said Thursday that McCaskill spoke with the Kansas Democrat in an attempt to unify support behind Greg Orman's candidacy and help the independent in his bid to knock out Roberts, who is seeking a fourth term. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they couldn't publicly discuss the private maneuvering.
Taylor announced Wednesday he was exiting the race but offered no explanation.
Taylor is a northeast Kansas prosecutor who had been vying for support from some of the same moderate Republican and unaffiliated voters as Orman.
The Washington Post first reported McCaskill's outreach.