KS-Sen: Roberts Gets Skittish About His Party Affiliation
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 07:14:11 PM EDT
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey out of Kansas shows incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts leading former Democratic Congressman Jim Slattery, who is a member of the MyDD Road to 60 Act Blue page, by a 56 percent to 37 percent margin (down from a 61 percent to 33 percent lead in the previous poll). But if you think these numbers say everything about this race, you had better think again. Roberts is indeed worried -- just look at what he won't be doing next month.
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS) is now the eighth Republican senator to announce that they will not attend the GOP Convention in St. Paul, Minn., next month.
Roberts spokeswoman told the Topeka Capital Journal today that Roberts will be campaigning that week, finishing up his 105 county statewide tour during the convention week.
Four others who've announced they won't be attending are -- Ted Stevens (AK), Elizabeth Dole (NC), Gordon Smith (OR), and Susan Collins (ME). All are running for re-election and are in close races. (Collins may have the easiest race, but she's never been a close ally of McCain.)
Despite the fact that Roberts apparently holds a decent lead in head-to-head polling (though those numbers are at least in part reflective of the fact that his campaign has been on air in the state quite heavily in recent months) and that the Democrats have not won a Senate election in Kansas since 1932, Roberts is worried enough about his chances at reelection that he won't attend the Republican National Convention. Incumbents not worried about winning another term don't shy away from their party, particularly when they represent states seemingly heavily tilted in favor of their party. These actions speak loudly, indicating that Slattery does have a real shot at victory. If you'd like to help him out, head over to Act Blue today and make your voice heard.