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Independent Orman Considering Run For Kansas Governor

Abigail Beckman
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Olathe businessman Greg Orman is close to announcing an independent run for governor in Kansas but has not made a final decision, according to several sources.

Greg Orman gave Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts a scare in 2014 running as an independent.

Now, the wealthy Olathe businessman is preparing to enter a Kansas governor’s race already teeming with candidates.

Speaking on background, sources close to Orman confirm that he’s done polling and is interviewing prospective campaign staff. But, they insist he hasn’t made a final decision.

The conventional wisdom among Kansas political observers is that Orman can’t win as an independent. But would likely throw the race to the Republican nominee in a three-way contest.

Kris Kobach, Kansas’ high-profile but controversial secretary of state, is thought by many at this early juncture to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.


Jim McLean is managing director of KMUW's Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and KCUR covering health, education and politics in Kansas. Follow him on Twitter @jmcleanks.

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