Republican Wins Special Congressional Election in Kansas

Image Thompson campaigns for Congress in Wichita Kansas

Kansas 4th District congressional Democratic candidate James Thompson. Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle via AP

A Democrat last won the fourth district in 1992.

Here's what you need to know about the race for Georgia's 6th - the latest potential referendum on the President Donald Trump's administration. Kansas' 4th District is not a microcosm of agitated America, nor is it the siren of Trump backlash coming in from the Midwest.

To be sure, a special election is just that - an isolated contest held on a day in which voters are not typically accustomed to voting. Of those initial targets, Democratic leaders have homed in on about 35 or so House seats in largely suburban areas they believe are home to the party's future: elite professionals who were turned off by Trump's behavior during the 2016 campaign and can be permanently forged into a new and winning Democratic coalition.

The Democratic candidate who ran an unexpectedly competitive race in a special congressional election in Kansas plans to run for the seat again in 2018.

Only Sedgwick County showed Thompson ahead of Estes.

A closely watched special congressional election in Kansas to fill the seat of President Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo was closer than Republicans would have liked but still ended in a Republican victory.

The margin of victory for Tuesday's election was closer than in the 2016 election.

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

But the race was closer than expected: Estes beat Democratic challenger James Thompson by less than 7 percentage points.

In 2016, Estes said his office had returned $100 million in unclaimed property since he became state treasurer.

"Beyond that, it's clear that grassroots supporters will continue to play a pivotal role in the 2018 midterms by supporting and energizing House Democratic candidates deep into the map", spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said. "It would also be incredibly demoralizing, suggest a core weakness of the party, and foster all kinds of hyperbole from the Media and political talking heads about how Republicans are never going to win another election in CA".

Ron Estes will represent the Fourth Congressional District after a special election Tuesday.

Trump's unpopularity was not the only thing hurting Estes.

That's a relatively small margin in Kansas' right-leaning 4th district, which Trump won by 27 points and Pompeo won by more than 30 points in November. And he wants to link the Trump's "trickle-down economics" to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is term-limited in 2018, and the Republicans who run the Ohio Legislature.

The Daily Kos is encouraging readers to contribute to and make phone calls for Democrat and Wichita civil rights attorney James Thompson. Nor was Rep. -elect Ron Estes, the state treasurer, a particularly flawed GOP candidate.

Democrats are absolutely thrilled about what that says about their party in the era of Trump - with good reason. A tally Tuesday morning showed more than 12,600 donors to Thompson.

According to its blog, ActBlue raised almost $112 million in the first quarter of 2017, more than four times the amount it collected right after the 2014 elections and seven times what it raised in the aftermath of Barack Obama's re-election in 2012. Pompeo cruised to re-election in November with 61 percent of the vote.

"I've heard people whose opinions I respect tell me they think it would be single digits", Clay Barker, the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, told the paper. Obama, at that point, was at a 50 percent approval rating.

Those GOP calls prompted Charlene Health, a 52-year-old homemaker and Republican in Belle Plaine, to cast a ballot for Estes. "I wanted to do everything I could to help turnout".

In a sign of nervousness in the waning days of the campaign, Republicans poured money into the race to bolster Estes.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both made robocalls in favor of Estes and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas campaigned for him.

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