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Attorney General Schmidt Wants To Argue Disgruntled Voter's Lawsuit

Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants a chance to argue in court that Kansas Democrats are legally obligated to pick a new nominee for the U.S. Senate election this November.

On Thursday, Schmidt's office asked a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court for permission to file friend-of-the-court arguments in a disgruntled voter's lawsuit. A hearing in the case is set for Monday.

Democratic nominee Chad Taylor dropped out of the race against Republican Senator Pat Roberts. The move left Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman as the two major candidates left in the close Senate race.

David Orel of Kansas City, Kansas, sued last week after the Kansas Supreme Court allowed Taylor's name to be removed from the November 4th ballot.

Orel has been a registered Democrat for a long time, though his son works on Republican Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.