Independent candidate allowed on governor ballot

National News

August 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Greg Orman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City-area businessman Greg Or-man’s name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor, presenting a new obstacle to Democratic efforts to defeat conservative Kris Kobach in November.

The state Secretary of State’s office on Friday posted a short statement saying Orman had presented enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot along with his running mate, John Doll.

Orman, 49, will face Democratic State Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka and Kobach, whose nomination was only settled this week after Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded in a primary with a razor-thin margin of some 350 votes out of more than 316,000 cast.

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