Orman Holding on in Kansas

Fox News is out with a new poll in Kansas that finds challenger Greg Orman (I) holding a one-point edge over Senator Pat Roberts (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 44% to 43%.

“Orman has the edge not only because he captures the support of most Democrats, but also just over half of independents — and more than a handful of Republicans to boot.

Eighty percent of Democrats back Orman. And nearly one in five Republicans go for him too (18 percent). Independents favor him by a margin of 51-26 percent.

Meanwhile, the incumbent is having trouble consolidating the base: only 76 percent of Republicans support Roberts, who has represented Kansas in the Senate since 1997.

Interest in the election is up among Democrats: 66 percent were extremely or very interested earlier this month. That’s up to 74 percent now. Interest among Republicans held steady.

Eighty-nine percent of each candidate’s backers say they are certain to vote for their guy.”