TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-A state elections board has rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing him to seek re-election this year.The State Objections Board’s decision Monday means the three-term senator will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Republican primary.
Eight northeast Kansas residents, including four from Riley County, had objected to the ballot listing, arguing that Roberts lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and not Dodge City, Kansas. GOP tea party challenger Milton Wolf has raised the issue repeatedly.
Roberts owns a home in Alexandria, Virginia, but is registered to vote at the Dodge City address of a couple who supports him and rents him a room and bathroom. He and his wife also own a duplex unit in Dodge City but rent it out.
As KMAN announced last week, the four Riley County citizens who filed objections include Christine Tawney and Chuck Henderson of Manhattan and Tom and Sylda Nichols, of Leonardville.