Is Kansas Mitch McConnell's Waterloo?

One need not hold a lot of sympathy for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to admit the man cannot catch a break.

Just when McConnell appeared to be putting some distance between himself and Alison Lundergan Grimes in his own race in Kentucky, his bigger dream — to finally become majority leader of the U.S. Senate — is in peril because Kansas, which hasn't elected a Democratic senator since 1932, may be poised to do so again.

Technically, Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman who may unseat 34-year congressional veteran Pat Roberts (R), is an independent. But he has run for the Senate as a Democrat before, donated to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and got Democratic nominee Chad Taylor to not only withdraw, but also fight to have his name removed from the ballot to help Orman.

Orman says he would caucus with whichever party is "clearly in control" of the Senate, but the Democrats did not withdraw their candidate and decline to nominate another for someone they weren't confident would caucus with their side. There are no coincidences in politics.

There is a path to 51 seats and the majority leader gavel for McConnell without Roberts winning a fourth term, but it is not an easy one.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at The Hill

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