Republicans survive election scare, narrowly win Kansas seat

Patrice Gainsbourg
Abril 19, 2017

Although Thompson fell just short of defeating Estes, his performance may cheer Kansas Democrats, who have struggled to get more than 30 percent of the vote against Pompeo in the last three congressional elections. "You play every game".

Estes is the state treasurer. As you can see, nearly all House Republicans ran ahead of Trump, but a handful did not.

Estes said he will go to Washington to work for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to repeal the 2010 health care law championed by former President Barack Obama.

The race had been closely watched nationally for signs of a backlash against Republicans or waning support from Trump voters in a reliably GOP district.

Trump recorded a robocall for Estes in the campaign's final days and took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to promote him.

Progressives and the DCCC have another chance to get on the same page next week, during a special House election in the north-Atlanta suburbs that both parties see as a political bellwether.

"If Jon Ossoff's fundraising numbers weren't enough of a wakeup call for Republicans, the election results in Kansas should be", said Georgia GOP strategist Chip Lake.

Political analysts said Estes was favored to win throughout the two-month campaign cycle, despite Thompson's growing base of support. Dan Glickman (D) was swept out by a Republican electoral victory wave in 1994 fueled in part by anti-abortion activists. Ossoff handled all of the questions about national politics really well, but what jumps out at observers is that Democrats are recruiting younger candidates who are focused on grassroots party building. It's true that late polling had Estes underperforming, having dropped into a virtual tie with Thompson with just a +1 edge. Trump barely edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton in the district past year.

Libertarian Chris Rockhold garnered 2 percent of the vote.

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Trump himself triggered the special election by naming then-Rep.

"By siding with big corporations over working families and betraying his own voters, Trump is creating an environment where even deep red districts like KS-4 and GA-6 are extremely competitive", Sweeney said in a statement.

David Carron, a 50-year-old Republican from Belle Plaine, showed up to vote in his Army uniform.

"The key question is whether the weakness of Estes tonight was due to his shortcomings as a candidate, the weakness of the state party under Brownback, or a sign of Trump's national unpopularity", he said. "Our country needs help".

"This should be a wakeup call to the administration and the Republican Congress", the lawmaker said. "A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)", Trump tweeted.

In Kansas, Cruz campaigned alongside Estes, the state treasurer, on Monday, introducing him at a rally and calling on citizens to turn out to vote.

Trump tells callers in the recording that Estes "needs your vote and needs it badly".

In the race to fill CIA Director Mike Pompeo's former House seat in Kansas' 4th District, Republican Ron Estes underperformed Pompeo on Tuesday night, garnering 53 percent of the vote.

The margin of victory Tuesday for Kansas Republican Ron Estes in the 4th District special election slid to only seven percentage points from a 31-point margin in November, when incumbent Mike Pompeo was running before he was appointed Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director.

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