UPDATE: Orman says he's true GOP foe in Kansas Senate race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas businessman says his vigorous campaign for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate makes him the true alternative to Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

Greg Orman of Olathe said Monday during a Statehouse news conference that his supporters gathered signatures from more than 10,000 registered voters to get him on the November general election ballot. He needs 5,000 valid signatures to qualify and plans to submit them Tuesday.

Orman said his ability to gather signatures and raise campaign funds shows he's more viable as a candidate than Democratic hopeful Chad Taylor.

Taylor campaign manager Brandon Naylor says Orman has no solid political base.

Roberts faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 GOP primary. Taylor faces Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner in the Democratic contest.


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A northeast Kansas businessman running for the U.S. Senate as an independent says he has enough signatures from registered voters to get on the general election ballot in November.

Greg Orman of Olathe planned to have a news conference Monday morning on the south steps of the Statehouse before presenting petitions with his signatures to the secretary of state's office.

Kansas law requires an independent candidate for statewide office to gather 5,000 signatures. Orman is submitting his a week before the deadline.

Orman is co-founder of Denali Partners, a business capital and management services firm. In 2010, he helped create the Common Sense Coalition, a nonprofit group that describes itself as an advocate for "the sensible center."

He's seeking the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.


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