KS-Sen: Slattery Within Striking Distance
by Jonathan Singer, Fri May 16, 2008 at 12:52:20 PM EDT
No Democrat since 1932 has won election to the United States Senate from Kansas, but that's not stopping former Democratic Congressman Jim Slattery from making a real pass at it this year.
Before March, the Unites States Senate election in Kansas was a shoe-in for Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. At that point there was no viable Democratic candidate in the race and the state has not elected a Democratic senator since 1932. However, the decision by Democratic Congressmen Jim Slattery to run for office has made the race potentially more interesting.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Kansas voters found Roberts leading Slattery 52% to 40%.
The incumbent leads Slattery by twenty-one points among male voters, but just six percent among women.
The Democratic challenger leads Roberts by three points among unaffiliated voters. Roberts earns the vote from 82% of Republicans while Slattery attracts 75% of Democrats.
This isn't a race that anyone expects Slattery to win or even necessarily to make tight. What's more, at this point Slattery does trail by a statistically significant margin. However, Slattery is well within striking distance at this point. Behind by just 12 points and already keeping the incumbent at around 50 percent, Slattery is already forcing both Roberts and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to take this race seriously. If you want to help Slattery make the most of this opportunity, head over to Act Blue today and make a difference.