GOP's Roberts hangs on in Kansas

 

Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsInternal poll shows Kobach trailing Democrat in Kansas Senate race Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser MORE (R-Kan.) beat back a fierce challenge from Independent Greg Orman on Tuesday night, dashing Democrats’ last best hope to pick up a Republican seat.

With 52 percent of precincts reporting, Roberts had 52 percent of the vote compared to Orman’s 44 percent.

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Roberts’s win came after an all-hands-on-deck effort from national Republicans, who swooped into the state when it became clear Roberts was trailing Orman in early general election polls.

The incumbent was hurt by the perception that he had lost touch with his state after it was reported that he no longer lives in the house he owns in Kansas and instead rents a room from donors when he returns.

That detail was used to great effect by his primary challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, who argued Roberts had “gone Washington” and should be sent home — to Virginia, Wolf and other Roberts detractors said.