United States Senate elections in Kansas, 2014
November 4, 2014
Kansas has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Kansas, however, Independent voters may choose to vote in the Democratic primary.
The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Pat Roberts (R). Roberts was first elected in 1996.
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- Chad Taylor: Shawnee County District Attorney
- Pat Roberts: Incumbent
- Milton Wolf: Radiologist
- Aaron Estabrook
- Scott Barnhart
Early predictions for Pat Roberts' (R) run for re-election said that it is not likely he will face a serious challenge in the general election in 2014. He entered the campaign with $886,694 cash on hand, slightly more than he had at the outset of his 2008 campaign for re-election. One possible primary challenge is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who garnered national attention for filing lawsuits over illegal immigration throughout the country.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Pat Roberts voted with the Republican Party against the bill.
The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Milton Wolf on December 10, 2013. Executive Director Matt Hoskins endorsed Wolf, describing him as “a principled conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country.”
“He’s not a career politician,” he said. “He’s a doctor who understands exactly why Obamacare must be repealed. Kansas Republicans deserve a real choice this election, and Dr. Wolf gives them a chance to send someone new to Washington who will shake things up and bring about real change.”
On November 4, 2008, Pat Roberts won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Slattery (D), Randall L. Hodgkinson (L) and Joseph L. Martin (Reformed Party) in the general election.
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- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Chad Taylor 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 25, 2013
- ↑ Talking Points Memo, "Obama's Second Cousin To Challenge Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed October 9, 2013
- ↑ Hutch News, "Political David versus Goliath," accessed September 24, 2013
- ↑ The Green Papers, "Kansas Senate," accessed September 24, 2013
- ↑ Scott Barnhart 2014, "Main," accessed September 24, 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Huffington Post " Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" Accessed February 25, 2012
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Roll Call "At the races: Inside the 2014 Senate races" Accessed February 25, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Obama’s GOP cousin may primary Pat Roberts," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Washington Times, "Senate Conservative Fund backs GOP primary challenger to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed December 11, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"