TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – A new poll shows the race for Kansas governor is a virtual dead heat between Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly and Republican challenger Derek Schmidt. The Emerson College poll has Kelly leading Schmidt 45% to 43%, a difference within the poll’s 3% margin of error, with 4% favoring someone else and 8% of voters still undecided.
Perhaps more telling is that Kelly appears to be leading three-to-two (46% to 30%) among independent voters.
The heated race for Kansas attorney general is also very close. Republican Kris Kobach leads Democrat Chris Mann 41% to 39%, with 16% undecided.
Asked for their top priorities in the election, now less than seven weeks away, nearly half of those polled said the economy was their biggest issue, followed by abortion access, health care and immigration