GOP Sen. Pat Roberts survives re-election challenge in Kansas

The seat presented a rare opportunity to knock off a GOP incumbent

Published November 5, 2014 4:12AM (EST)

Pat Roberts              (AP/Charlie Riedel)
Pat Roberts (AP/Charlie Riedel)

The Associated Press projects that Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has won a fourth term, dispatching a challenge from independent Greg Orman, the AP reports.

The Kansas Senate race wasn't competitive until Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out of the race in September, setting up a two-way race between Roberts and Orman. Polls indicated that Orman would defeat Roberts in a head-to-head contest, but Roberts waged a vigorous campaign to save his political career, bringing in national GOP figures and attacking Orman as a liberal foot soldier.

Kansas had presented a rarer opportunity for a candidate to pick up a GOP seat. With the AP having called 5 states for the GOP so far, the party is well on its way to netting the six seats required to capture the Senate.

By Luke Brinker

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