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In Kansas, Roberts fights for his seat — and the Senate

Sen. Pat Roberts is facing an unexpectedly strong challenge from independent Greg Orman. But the big question is which party Orman will back if he wins.

DODGE CITY, Kansas — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is standing in the atrium of the decaying Dodge City Mall, scantily-clad mannequins on display behind him in the window of a store called Illusions, warning a hometown crowd that the country is descending into national socialism. 

"We have to change course," Roberts said, pacing back and forth as former Republican presidential nominee and legendary Kansas Sen. Bob Dole remained seated behind him, "because our country is headed for national socialism. That's not right, it's changing our culture, it's changing what we are all about."