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November 4th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Kansas Independent could hold key to the Senate

(CNN) – In the great struggle for control of the U.S. Senate, it is fully possible the contest will come down to one seat deciding which side has the advantage, and that could make Kansas hugely important.

Why? Two people are running for this seat. The incumbent, Sen. Pat Robertson, is a Republican. If the Republicans need one seat to reach 51, and he wins, the deal is done; the GOP will have control of the chamber.

But his opponent, Greg Orman, is an Independent. If the race for control comes down to one seat, and Orman is it, both parties will pull out all stops to convince him that he should get on board with their side.

But Orman has steadily refused to answer the question: with which side will you caucus? And in these specific circumstances, that could mean voters will not know which party is in control of the Senate until the man from Kansas spoke his mind.

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