Kansas House seat a pickup opportunity for Democrats: Poll – (News)

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Kansas House seat a pickup opportunity for Democrats: Poll

Jake LaTurner, the new Republican nominee for a traditionally conservative Kansas House seat, faces a tougher-than-expected general election race, according to a new poll.

LaTurner, Kansas’s treasurer, is in a statistically tie with Democratic Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, 45% to 41%, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee found.

While President Trump won Kansas’s eastern region by 19 points in 2016, presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden only trails him by 9 percentage points, 50% to 41%, DCCC pollsters said.

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A Battleground Connect poll conducted for LaTurner in mid-July also had De La Isla, a former city councilor, in front by a point.

LaTurner defeated GOP freshman incumbent Rep. Steve Watkins Tuesday night after a bitter primary fight.

Watkins last month had felony illegal voting charges filed against him after he listed a UPS store postal box as his residence on a state voter registration form. The move permitted him to cast a ballot in last year’s Topeka City Council race. He corrected the mistake, but he’s been accused of misleading the sheriff’s detective investigating the matter as well.

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During the primary, Watkins called the charges “bogus” and claimed LaTurner was in cahoots with the district attorney since they share a direct mail services firm. LaTurner, in response, said Watkins’s legal woes made him more vulnerable ahead of the Nov. 3 contest.

Watkins was first elected to Congress in 2018 by less than a point in an open seat race. The Cook Political Report, however, describes the district capturing the University of Kansas as leaning Republican, with an R+10 rating.

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The DCCC’s survey was fielded prior to Tuesday’s primary, surveying 488 likely voters in Kansas’s 2nd Congressional District from July 29-30 via live cellphone and automated calls. Its results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 points.

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