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Only one Senate candidate has gotten more popular recently — Greg Orman

Greg Orman with Kansas City Mayor Sly James
Greg Orman with Kansas City Mayor Sly James
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As negative ads have started to fill the airwaves in states with competitive Senate races, it's quite natural for voters to start increasingly disliking every candidate. A new series of polls from YouGov, the New York Times, and CBS News confirms that this is exactly what's happening across the nation — with one notable exception:

Senate candidate impressions

Yes, Kansas independent Senate candidate Greg Orman is the sole candidate who's actually risen in the estimate of his state's voters in recent weeks. And that's happened despite new negative advertising targeted at him. (Note, though, that the results above are just about voters' impressions of each candidate, not about who they'll actually vote for.)

My colleague Dylan Matthews argued recently that Orman is the most cynical politician running this year, since he refuses to commit to caucus with either party. But if these polls are anything to go by, Kansans don't seem to mind. Head over to the Upshot to read more on these poll results from Nate Cohn.

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