Sarah Palin is heading to Kansas.
The former Alaska governor plans to stump for incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, who has unexpectedly found himself with a real general election challenge on his hands. A local news outlet reported that Palin will appear with Roberts on Thursday.
The Republican Party is scrambling to thwart the momentum of Independent candidate Greg Orman, who is surging in the polls after the Democratic nominee dropped out of the race.
Democrats encouraged their nominee to withdraw after it became clear Orman had a better shot of beating Roberts.
Republicans losing the Kansas seat could jeopardize the party’s chances of taking control of the Senate.
Many conservative groups endorsed Milton Wolf — Roberts’ GOP primary challenger — though Palin never did, to the chagrin of some activists.
Roberts has recently brought a number of big names to Kansas to help arouse support for his campaign, including John McCain and Bob Dole. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also expected to campaign with Roberts this month.
Republicans are busy going after Orman now. The America Rising super PAC sent a list of “Open Questions For KS-Sen Candidate Greg Orman” to reporters on Wednesday.
“The details of Greg Orman’s liberal positions on the issues and his work as a Cayman Islands investor and financial advisor to a convicted felon are still opaque,” the PAC’s spokesman, Jeff Bechdel, said. “Greg Orman must come clean with the voters of Kansas before the November election. The media and the electorate must hold him accountable.”