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Gov. Sam Brownback and Democrat challenger Paul Davis may go tit for tat in polling averages until the ultimate poll finally decides the winner. After the release of the Monmouth University poll showing Davis leading Brownback by five points, 45-40, Insight Kansas updated its polling average that shows Davis leading Brownback by a miniscule 0.2 points, or a virtual tie. Last week Brownback polled an average of a 0.3 lead over Davis. Insight Kansas also shows that independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman holds a 1.2 point lead over incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas. Orman’s lead has not changed from last week’s average, as Monmouth found the race to be a tie at 46 percent. Kansans have a slight preference of having a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey, said. But Orman’s independence brings on an interesting twist to the equation. “With no clear preference on candidate qualities, it’s possible that undecided voters could be swayed by the idea of having an independent voice in the Senate. Orman is wise to keep his caucus intentions under wraps for now,” Murray said.

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