JUNCTION CITY, Kan. — For weeks, high-profile independent Senate candidate Greg Orman seemingly did his best to run a deliberately low-profile campaign.

In contrast to the rallies and public events favored by his opponent, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), many Orman campaign events, which typically involved smaller numbers of voters, took place in more private settings. Residents of a town might not learn that Orman was there until his event was already underway -- sometimes, not until he'd already left. Even the professional stalkers were having trouble keeping an eye on the candidate: a campaign tracker at a Saturday event here in Junction City remarked about the difficulty of finding Orman on the trail.

But with the challenger locked in a statistical tie with Roberts, he's spending his final days focused on energizing volunteers and urging supporters to focus on voter turnout. And he's doing it publicly.

This Friday, Orman held two press conferences, speaking about his policy proposals and taking questions.  And on Saturday, he made half a dozen stops on a tour that stretched 175 miles.

“This race has become about so much more than about me,” he told an audience of roughly 50 in Junction City. “Do we want the old politics that doesn’t work for people, or do we want a new way forward?"

Roberts himself has often taken bus tours of the state, often appearing alongside big-name GOP stars like Sens. Ted Cruz or Rand Paul at highly-publicized rallies. He's been driving home his campaign message that the very control of the Senate hangs in the balance. “The road to a Republican majority in the United States Senate is running right through Kansas,” Roberts said at a campaign event Friday.

The tour Orman embarked on Saturday was very different. It included six public appearances, starting at a campaign office in Shawnee, outside of Kansas City. Later, roughly 15 people cheered him on during an event at a restaurant in Topeka. With so much ground to cover, the first few stops were quick affairs where he had time to speak briefly, thank supporters, and answer a question or two from reporters on the way to his car.

There were smaller venues than Roberts typically uses, a lower-key lineup -- and a sharply different pitch. "Kansas is the only place in the country that gets to send this message -- the message that the status quo isn’t acceptable,” he told Junction City attendees.

Roberts starts a two-day statewide tour of his own Sunday -- he's calling his campaign swing the “Take Back the Senate” tour. Orman’s tour title: “Breaking the Gridlock.”