Independent Greg Orman remains on Kansas ballot for governor

Democrats unsuccessfully challenged the validity of Orman's petition signatures

AP News Staff
August 24, 2018 - 7:38 am

Greg Orman for Governor Campaign

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A state board in Kansas has decided to keep independent candidate Greg Orman on the 2018 ballot for governor.

The Objections Board on Thursday rejected a challenge filed by a Democrat legislative leader's aide.

The Democrat had argued that questions about how Orman gathered the signatures of registered voters were grave enough to warrant removing him from the Nov. 6 ballot.

Orman needed the signatures of 5,000 registered voters, and counties validated about 7,700. The objection raised questions about how at least 4,000 were collected.

The board was made up of representatives of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. All are Republicans and Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the GOP nominee for governor.

Many Democrats fear Orman's bid will help Kobach.

State Sen. Laura Kelly is the Democrat candidate.

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