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The Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson became the front lines in two political races Saturday as the top candidates for governor and U.S. Senate met for lively debates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The aroma of fresh funnel cake twists its way through the crowd at the state fair. On one side of the grounds, chickens strut nervously in their cages as judges pace by. Across the way, the carnival is alive with laughter and heckling from vendors about winning stuffed animal as prizes. 

Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are headlining a summit of the Kansas congressional delegation today in Wichita.

The event is hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Metro Chamber at Hotel at Old Town.

Moran, Roberts and members of the state's U.S. House delegation will offer remarks in the afternoon, then take questions.

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Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...  

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The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association is holding its 77th annual KIOGA Convention in Wichita this week. The event is attended each year by Kansas business owners who work in the oil and gas industry. This year’s spotlight has turned to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. 

Monday morning’s agenda at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel included a panel discussion with Kansas’ congressional delegation. They fielded questions about federal legislation and the oil and gas industries.

Olathe businessman Greg Orman is now officially on the November ballot in Kansas as an independent candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

The Kansas Secretary of State's office said on Friday it has certified enough signatures on Orman's campaign petition to qualify him for the general election.

Orman is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, who is seeking a fourth, six-year term.

The Democratic nominee is Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Orman is the co-founder of a business capital and management services firm.

More registered Republicans in Kansas voted for someone other than Pat Roberts for the U.S. Senate...but Roberts still won his primary election.

It was a close call, but ultimately he claimed victory by fighting-off his main challenger, tea party-backed Milton Wolf.

He finished the race with just 48% of the vote. The other 52% was split among his three challengers, with Wolf capturing 41% of the vote.

Roberts will now face Democrat Chad Taylor and independent candidate Greg Orman this fall.

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Olathe businessman Greg Orman says he has enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures. He says that number shows many Kansans are tired of the current political system.

"Kansans are looking for an option, they're looking for an alternative. They want people who are problem solvers, not just engaged in the old partisan fighting. They want problem solvers, and I think that’s the message of our campaign,” says Orman.

The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 primary.

The association disclosed the spending in a report filed last week with federal regulators, with the bulk of the money buying advertising time. An association spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

Roberts' re-election campaign said the ads began airing statewide last week. The ads say Roberts is a leader on protecting rural health care.

A national tea party group is backing challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary.

The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Wolf. The group described Wolf as the right conservative candidate to fight Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington.

Roberts is seeking his third, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf has made the senator’s longevity in politics an issue, as Roberts began working as a congressional aide in 1967.

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A state panel has rejected an effort to block Kansas Senator Pat Roberts from running for re-election. The State Objections Board ruled 3-0 against a group of Kansans arguing that Roberts doesn’t really live in the state. It sets the stage for Roberts to face challenger Milton Wolf in the August Republican primary.

Chuck Henderson, a Milton Wolf supporter from Manhattan, filed one of the objections. He believes Roberts shouldn’t be eligible to run again because he actually lives in a home in Virginia.

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