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Poll: Republican Senate seat in serious jeopardy — in Kansas

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in danger of losing his re-election bid in bright red Kansas — and so, too, is incumbent GOP governor Sam Brownback, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Wednesday.

In the survey, independent Greg Orman leads Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent. (The Democratic candidate, Chad Taylor, dropped out of the contest.) As for the governor's race, Brownback trails Democratic challenger Paul Davis 46 percent to 42 percent.

Kansas has not elected a Democratic senator since the 1930s, and losing Roberts' seat would make the GOP's path to a Senate majority much more difficult. The latest New York Times forecast, which does not include the new Kansas poll, gives Republicans a 66 percent chance of retaking the upper chamber.