WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly barely outpaces Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the race for governor, according to poll results released by The Hill on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted by Emerson College Polling/The Hill, shows that among those who are very likely to vote, Gov. Kelly leads Schmidt 45% to 43%, with another 8% undecided and 3% saying they support Independent candidate Dennis Pyle.

Among Independent voters Kelly is reported to be in the lead with 46% while 30% say they favor Schmidt. 
 
The Hill reports that Kelly is one of the most vulnerable Democratic governors this midterm cycle. She was elected in 2018 when she beat Kris Kobach and Republicans say she only won because Kobach was a weak candidate. Democrats attribute her win to her high approval ratings.


The poll also shows a 53% approval rating for Kelly with 37% disapproval and 45% approval of Schmidt with a 37% disapproval.

They also report that Democrats are optimistic due to the rejection of the anti-abortion ballot in August. When it comes to abortion the Emerson College-The Hill poll says that 48% of voters agree with Kelly while 44% align with Schmidt.

Due to President Biden's low approval rating of only 36% in Kansas, Democrats have a hard battle for the traditionally red state. 

The poll shows republicans leading in other ballets such as Sen. Jerry Moran who leads against his Democratic opponent 45% to 33%.  

This poll was commissioned and paid for by Nexstar Media Group Inc. and The Hill.