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In Kansas, Kobach Wastes Taxpayer Money, Now "In the Fight of his Life”

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Given his prominent anti-immigrant role, we’re always keeping an eye on the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. Yesterday, Jen Hayden at DailyKos explained how he “continues to waste taxpayer money“:

When the Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, withdrew his name from the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Kris Kobach—the worst secretary of state in the nation—interfered in the race by trying to prevent Taylor from withdrawing and then trying to force Democrats to name a new nominee. After numerous court challenges, he was eventually forced to raise the white flag and butt out of the race.

Now the state of Kansas has revealed that his partisan legal sideshow cost taxpayers $34,627 in fees paid to an outside law firm.

Wherever Kobach goes, it sure seems controversy is sure to follow.

Also, Kobach is up for reelection this year and a new poll shows a fierce battle:

Democratic Kansas secretary of state hopeful Jean Schodorf pulled into a tie with Republican incumbent Kris Kobach with the election a week away, a new poll showed.

A survey for KSN Television in Wichita found Schodorf and Kobach tied at 45 percent, with the balance undecided.

The poll by SurveyUSA comes a day after new campaign finance reports showed that Schodorf had raised about $80,000 more than Kobach in the last three months.

Pollsters at SurveyUSA said that Kobach is in “the fight of his life.” They said Kobach is particularly at risk if Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback also lose next Tuesday.

The new SurveyUSA poll was markedly different from recent polls that indicated Kobach was surging ahead of Schodorf.