Many Kansas Democrats who meet Lisa Johnston or hear her speak come away liking their U.S. Senate candidate.
They describe her as bright and articulate.
But they hesitate to handicap her race against the Republican nominee, veteran U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran. He's expected to win easily.
Johnston is a college administrator on leave and is making her first run for political office. She has few campaign funds in a GOP-leaning state.
Moran entered October with nearly $570,000 in campaign cash, compared to about $14,000 for Johnston.
Johnston and Moran are seeking the Senate seat held by Sam Brownback, a Republican who's running for governor.