Roberts was first elected to the
Senate House in 1980 and the Senate in 1996. As it has been revealed that Roberts did not even have a permanent residence in Kansas, and as it sinks in that Roberts has been around D.C. foreever, Roberts’ negatives have risen.
While Roberts has a large lead, he is vulnerable:
Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-Kan.) net approval rating has dropped 12 points in the last year, and he could face an increasingly competitive primary race for reelection, a new poll suggests.
Thirty-eight percent of Kansans disapprove of Roberts while 29 percent approve, according to an automated poll released Friday by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP).
Tea Party-backed candidate Milton Wolf (R) has already announced his campaign to challenge Roberts in November.
The PPP poll indicates Roberts has a 49 percent to 23 percent lead over Wolf for the primary, but the pollsters say the lack of name recognition for Wolf could explain the wide margin.
For a generic “more conservative” opponent in the primary, Roberts would only lead that person 43 percent to 39 percent.
And he knows it. Roberts’ oppo research dug up a long-ago deleted Facebook post by Wolf about x-rays of gun shot victims, for which Wolf has apologized. If that’s the best Roberts has to justify another 6 years in D.C., it may not be enough.
Roberts has a lot more money, and the backing of those in power who want to crush primary challengers who undoubtedly will throw more money into the race.
Wolf is having a money bomb today. This may be the best chance to unseat a Republican establishment incumbent in a primary. It’s a reason to get excited again.
I had a chance to meet Dr. Wolf for the first time at Blog Bash last week. Other than this horrible photo of me, it was great to meet him:
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@miltonwolfmd) March 7, 2014
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