Poll shows Kansas race for governor has no clear front-runner

Marc LaVoie
August 31, 2018 - 7:54 am

A recent poll shows Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, holding a thin lead over Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly to become the state's next governor.

The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows Kobach leading Kelly 39 to 38 percent, if the election were to be held this week. Nine percent of respondents were in favor of Independent candidate Greg Orman.

About ten percent of likely voters told interviewers they had not made up their minds. PPP spoke to 877 people for its survey. The Kansas National Education Association, which announced its support for Kelly, commissioned the survey.

Favorability ratings were similar for the top two candidates, with 37 percent holding a favorable view of Kelly and 38 percent holding positive opinions about Kobach. Unfavorable ratings showed a solid advantage for Kelly. Twenty-three percent of respondents did not like the Democrat. Kobach's unfavorability rating was 49 percent.

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