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==Election history==
==Election history==

Revision as of 08:13, 28 January 2014


2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Kansas

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pat Roberts Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Pat Roberts Republican Party
Pat Roberts.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Kansas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Kansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Pat Roberts (R). Roberts was first elected in 1996.


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Race background

Early predictions for Pat Roberts' (R) run for re-election said that it was unlikely he would face a serious challenge in the general election in 2014.[8] 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.[8]

If Roberts would have changed his mind about re-election, there was no shortage of potential Republican nominees, from both the congressional delegation and statewide offices.

In September 2013, reports circulated that Barack Obama’s second cousin once removed, Milton Wolf, was laying the groundwork for a potential Republican primary challenge against Pat Roberts.[9] Wolf gauged support and reportedly sent an email to GOP activists in August 2013 asking them to get in touch if they want more senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul before formally announcing his candidacy.[9][10] Roberts defeated Wolf in the Republican primary by roughly 7 percent.

Democratic primary winner Chad Taylor dropped out of the race on September 3, 2014. However, due to legal restrictions, the Kansas Secretary of State ordered his name to still appear on the ballot due to the face that he did not provide a reason that he would be unable to perform the job if elected, a requirement of Kansas law.[11] Taylor subsequently filed an appeal and the decision was overturned, thus removing him from the November ballot. Following the ruling, the Secretary of State said that Democrats were required to nominate a replacement candidate by September 26. Additionally, a lawsuit was filed by Democratic voter David Orel to force Democrats to nominate a replacement. However, the lawsuit was sent to a lower court. This delayed the case until the ballots were printed, effectively making it so no Democratic candidate appeared on the ballot.[12][13]

Independent Greg Orman surged in popularity in the weeks leading up to the election. Chad Reeves, a Kansas Democratic operative, said "What most Democrats know is that Orman would be better than Pat Roberts, and we want Roberts out. We wanted to win, this is the year to win, and Chad Taylor couldn’t be that candidate."[14]


Milton Wolf

The Madison Project endorsed Milton Wolf on December 19, 2013.[15]

"Even though he has never held public office, Dr. Wolf has exhibited a command of the issues and a dedication to conservative values that is lacking among most individuals in Washington," Jim Ryun, chairman of the Madison Project, said in a statement. "Sen. Roberts has served admirably for a number of decades, but if we ever hope to rebuild the Senate majority on a solid conservative foundation, we need fewer career politicians and more citizen leaders like Milton Wolf."[15]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[16] 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.[17]


Milton Wolf

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.”[18]

“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.”[18]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Republican primary
Poll Pat Roberts Milton WolfUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Tarrance Group
January 13-15, 2014
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Election history


On November 2, 2010, Moran (R) won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lisa Johnston (D), Michael Wm. Dann (L), and Joseph K. Bellis (Reformed Party) in the general election.[26]

U.S. Senate, Kansas General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Moran 70.1% 587,175
     Democratic Lisa Johnston 26.4% 220,971
     Libertarian Michael Wm. Dann 2.1% 17,922
     Reformed Joseph "Joe" K. Bellis 1.4% 11,624
Total Votes 837,692


On November 4, 2008, 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.[27]

U.S. Senate, Kansas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Roberts Incumbent 60.1% 727,121
     Democratic Jim Slattery 36.5% 441,399
     Libertarian Randall L. Hodgkinson 2.1% 25,727
     Reformed Joseph L. Martin 1.4% 16,443
Total Votes 1,210,690

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Federal Election Commission "Chad Taylor 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 25, 2013
  4. Talking Points Memo, "Obama's Second Cousin To Challenge Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed October 9, 2013
  5. Hutch News, "Political David versus Goliath," accessed September 24, 2013
  6. The Green Papers, "Kansas Senate," accessed September 24, 2013
  7. Scott Barnhart 2014, "Main," accessed September 24, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Huffington Post " Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Politico, "Obama’s GOP cousin may primary Pat Roberts," accessed September 16, 2013
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  14. The Hill, "Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race," September 3, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 US News, "Conservative group endorses Kansas challenger," accessed January 13, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Washington Times, "Senate Conservative Fund backs GOP primary challenger to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts," accessed December 11, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013