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Kansas Race For House Seat Has Surprise Competition

Kansas Race For House Seat Has Surprise Competition

"They just had to put their name on the ballot, and Ron Estes was going to be a congressman in a few months".

Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, front left, thanks Sen.

"The 4th District is tough for Democrats", Loomis said.

Thompson lost to Republican Ron Estes, 45.7 percent to 52.5 percent, in Tuesday's special congressional election.

After all the fuss, the national pundits and party officials headed to Georgia and other states holding special congressional elections.

Advance voting results and those put Democrat James Thompson well ahead of Republican Ron Estes.

Because of Brownback, it's hard to say how much Estes' narrow victory can be seen as a referendum on Trump's presidency.

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"You have to let these races unfold in their unique milieu and not turn it into a partisan proxy war", Russell said.

Estes was first elected state treasurer in 2010. But on the morning after the election, it appears the president was savoring the unimpressive victory.

He added that Thompson achieved "a showing that makes the entire country understand that grassroots America is beginning to stand up and fight back against the 1 percent (of the wealthy) - and that the momentum is with us".

The special election was called after Republican Mike Pompeo was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Trump in November.

GOP efforts to maintain control of the Kansas Congressional seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo proved successful.

A Democrat last won the fourth district in 1992.

Estes ended up winning with 53 percent of the vote in Kansas District 4.

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Estes, however, is set to prevail by less than 7 points, a warning sign for the House Republican majority less than 100 days into the Trump administration. The state utilizes a run-off election system in which if no candidate achieves 50% or more of the direct popular vote during the primary, then a runoff between the first and second place finishers will occur on June 20th. If the DCCC had run TV ads, for instance, Republicans would have made that a focal point of their criticism in a district where voters deeply dislike the national party. He also didn't vote for Trump in the last year's general election. The candidates have each sliced off a small percentage of the vote, making it hard for Ossoff, who polls at around 40 percent, to attain a majority.

The special election was considered a bellwether of how Republicans might fare in next year's midterm elections, with anti-Trump sentiments among many voters. "I mean, they're blind with rage".

"Trump needs all the support he can get", Ms. Harris said outside the Machinists Union hall in Wichita. The Belle Plaine couple voted for Estes. It's a ruby-red district - Donald Trump won here by 27 points - in a ruby-red state.

Estes has served as treasurer for the state of Kansas since 2011. "A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)", Trump tweeted. The race pits one young, Democratic favorite - Jon Ossoff - against a number of viable Republican candidates, one of whom has a background in the GOP establishment, and another of whom seems to have captured the support of voters more in the Trump mold. Republicans held on to a U.S. congressional seat yesterday, although by a smaller margin than expected, in their first electoral test since Donald Trump won the presidency.

But in a sign of nervousness, Republicans poured money into the race late to bolster Estes.

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The fact that backlash against the Republican Party is deep enough to filter down to such small offices, and broad enough to flip conservative small towns, should have the GOP sweating.

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Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. "And we've shown that this district is not just competitive but that we can win it", Thompson said.


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