TOPEKA, Kan.- On Wednesday, U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Chad Taylor bowed out of the upcoming election.
Some analysts suspected the move was made to avoid splitting Democratic votes versus Republican and incumbent Pat Roberts.
Then today, the Republican Secretary of State said Taylor can not withdraw because he should have submitted a letter declaring himself of being: "incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected."
Taylor says he did file a letter but admits he did not make such a declaration.
Today, Taylor firing back, saying that on Wednesday, his notice to withdraw had been validated by Brad Bryant, Kobach's Director of Elections and Legislative Matters.
Said Taylor: "I specifically asked Mr. Bryant if the letter contained all the information necessary to remove my name from the ballot. Mr. Bryant said yes, affirming to me and my campaign manager that the letter was sufficient to withdraw my name from the ballot."
Taylor said he also re-confirmed with Bryant after getting that letter notarized, and was told by Bryant that his name had been removed from the ballot.
Kelly Arnold, Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, released a statement accusing state democrats of "corrupt back room deals" and "secret promises" in an effort to defeat Roberts.
"The people of Kansas deserve to know what is going on behind the closed doors of the democrat power brokers," Arnold said.