TOPEKA (KSNT) – A northeast Kansas prosecutor, who won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate race in the Primary Election has dropped out of the race.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor confirmed with Kansas First News Wednesday afternoon that he has withdrawn from the U.S. Senate Race against Republican Pat Roberts and Independent Greg Orman.
“The big question is – will there e a Democrat on the ballot,” observes says Kansas First News political analyst Prof. Bob Beatty? “It’s unlikely.”
Taylor, reached by phone in his car, tells Kansas First News that he turned in the papers to withdraw at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
When asked why, Taylor declined to comment and says he “would do some press later in the week.”
This decision comes after it was announced Wednesday morning that Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman had been endorsed by a group of former moderate Republicans in the Kansas Legislature who are unhappy with incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts conservative leanings.
“We find his views,” said Jim Yonally the Chairman of Traditional Republicans for Common Sense “very much in line with the goals of the Traditional Republicans for Common Sense.”
The late afternoon filing by Taylor came just before a 5 p.m. deadline by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office for candidates to submit their names for the November ballot. A spokesperson for the office tells Kansas First News all candidates had until seven days to withdraw their names after the August Primary Election results were certified. Democrats may submit a replacement for Taylor, at this point they haven’t said what they will do. As of Wednesday the ballots will only contain the names of names of the Republican, Libertarian and Independent candidates.
The departure of Taylor makes it a new type of race for Roberts, a three-term incumbent.
“Many of the moderate Republicans,” says Beatty “are not only willing to vote for a Democrat or an Independent, but they’re openly angry about it. SOo this has been an incredibly divisive election already and it’s only September.”
Taylor opened his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat on February 28, 2014.
Taylor was first elected district attorney in the county that includes Topeka in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.