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Romney, Dole campaigning with Kansas Sen. Roberts

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joining fellow ex-nominee Bob Dole in the GOP's efforts in Kansas to rescue U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joining fellow ex-nominee Bob Dole in the GOP's efforts in Kansas to rescue U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined fellow ex-nominee Bob Dole in the GOP's efforts in Kansas to rescue U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election.

Both Romney and Dole joined Roberts on Monday at an Overland Park restaurant and banquet hall for a campaign rally. Kansas is a GOP-leaning state, but the race between Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman appears to be a toss-up, according to the latest polls.

They're appearing in Johnson County, the state's most populous county and home to 22 percent of the state's 1.74 million voters. It's normally a Republican stronghold, but Orman is an Olathe businessman and expects to do well there.

Romney captured 58 percent of the vote in the county when he ran for president in 2012. Dole did, too, when he ran in 1996.

In his remarks, Romney said it was vital to re-elect Roberts.

"A vote for Greg Orman is not a vote for independence," Roberts said. "It is a vote to continue the liberal agenda of (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid and (President Barack) Obama."

Orman campaigned on Monday at an Olathe rehabilitation facility. He accused Roberts of being part of the Washington elite and shirking his responsibilities in the Senate.

"I'm not going to Congress to serve the Democratic Party or to save the Republican Party. I'm going to Washington to serve Kansans," Orman said. "It's a choice between the status quo and the same tired partisan attacks and something new. It's a approach that's really focused on solving problems."

Advance voting has already started ahead of next week's election.

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