Democrat enters Kansas Senate race

Democrats now have a challenger in the Kansas Senate race in Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, who launched his bid on Friday.

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Taylor’s entry into the race gives Democrats at least a chance to take advantage of what’s already become a bruising Republican primary fight between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and radiologist Milton Wolf.

The two have clashed in recent weeks over news that Roberts doesn’t live in the home he owns in Kansas and reports outlining graphic social media posts Wolf made that included X-rays of patients.

A survey out last month showed Roberts’ approval rating slipping over the past few months, with the senator deeply underwater with Kansans.

Taylor was first elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012, and drew some national attention after he said budget cuts threatened to keep him from prosecuting domestic abuse cases.

He faces slim prospects for success in the deep-red state, however — Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in more than half a century, and the state went for Mitt Romney with 60 percent of the vote in 2012.