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Kansas senator’s longevity gives GOP foe opening

Associated Press - July 13, 2014 6:18 am

Roberts won't debate Wolf before Kansas primary

Roberts won't debate Wolf before Kansas primary

The tea party challenger trying to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary in Kansas rests much of his case on the three-term incumbent’s living arrangements.

Roberts owns a Washington-area home while his official residence in Dodge City is rented space in a home owned by two supporters. Not so long ago, Roberts joked about having full access to a recliner there.

The senator is favored to turn back tea party challenger Milton Wolf and win the Aug. 5 primary. But the so-called residency issue is giving some Republican voters pause even if they believe Roberts has represented the state well during a 47-year career in politics.

Roberts is countering Wolf’s attacks by describing himself as a known quantity whose seniority will continue to help his native state.

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