A Kansas independent candidate for U.S. Senate said Monday the collection of more than 10,000 petition signatures would be sufficient to guarantee the addition of his name to the November general election ballot.
Greg Orman, an Olathe businessman working to straddle lines between the Republican and Democratic parties, said on the steps of the Capitol that volunteers far surpassed the minimum requirement of 5,000 signatures from registered voters.
"We now have signatures from all 105 Kansas counties," he said. "I'm humbled and incredibly grateful."
Orman is co-founder of a business capital and management services firm and was involved in forming the nonprofit Common Sense Coalition.
He chose not to submit his petitions as planned to the secretary of state's office, opting instead to await additional signatures from distant parts of the state. Kansas election officials must verify sufficient signatures from qualified voters before placing Orman on the fall election ballot.
Orman said the focus of his independent campaign likely would be incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who he presumed would win the Aug. 5 primary against three Republican challengers. Orman said the Senate campaign in 2014 would pivot to a race between himself and three-term incumbent Roberts.
"We think this is going to quickly become a two-horse race between myself and whoever emerges from the Republican primary," he said.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor is a candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate nomination.
Orman said the nation's voters were sending "the worst of both parties to Washington."
"They care more about pleasing extremists in their own party than they do about moving the country forward," Orman said.
"Kansans are looking for an option," he said. "Kansans are sick and tired of the partisanship. They're sick and tired of elected officials who are only interested in getting re-elected and not interested in solving problems."
Sign up to help bring Common Sense to Washington.