New Poll Shows Kansas Incumbents Facing Tough Battles

(WIBW) - A new poll shows tough battles shaping up for incumbents on the November ballot in Kansas.

SurveyUSA conducted the poll for KSN Television in Wichita.

In the governor's race, Republican incumbent Sam Brownback continues to trail Democrat Paul Davis. The margin of 48 percent to 40 percent is the same as that found in a Survey USA poll done before the August primary.

The Brownback campaign took issue with the results, saying their own internal polling shows Brownback with a 43 to 42 edge. Campaign communications director John Milburn also said Tuesday's poll results seem to conflict with SurveyUSA's own numbers, in that Brownback has gained support among Republicans and Independents since July, but, yet, the overall numbers remain the same.

"SurveyUSA has a history of inaccurate polling and this latest release from the organization is more of the same," Milburn said.

But in its own news release, the Davis campaign said Brownback was attacking the messenger. The Davis campaign then cited several examples of Brownback's campaign in 2010 applauding SurveyUSA polls that were more favorable to the Republican.

In the U.S. Senate race, Survey USA says Independent candidate Greg Orman continues to cause a wrinkle for both three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and Democrat Chad Taylor.

The poll found Roberts with 37 percent, Taylor at 32 percent and Orman taking 20 percent of the vote.

It's a six-point jump for Orman since the last SurveyUSA poll taken before the August primary.

"The campaign continues to climb in the polls and is the only one in this race with measurable momentum, as we're building support among Republicans, Democrats and Independents from across Kansas, something the other candidates haven't shown they can do," said Jim Jonas, campaign manager for Orman.

Taylor's campaign also released a statement, saying the poll shows they are sustaining momentum against Roberts.

“Put simply, our message of practical, common-sense problem solving is resonating,” Taylor said. “Pat Roberts has spent decades building a network of special-interest friends inside the Beltway and distancing himself from the Kansans he claims to represent."

SurveyUSA also looked at the Kansas Secretary of State's race. Poll results showed it tied at 46 percent each for incumbent Republican Kris Kobach and Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf.

The general election is November 4th.