Republicans hold on to Kansas House seat in a close special election

House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

He had carried the Kansas district by 27 percentage points but on Tuesday, Republican Ron Estes only bested Democrat Jim Thompson for the seat previously represented by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo by 7 points.

When a candidate wins, as Republican Ron Estes did in the special election Tuesday for the 4th Congressional District seat, he has the opportunity to sound gracious, to unify disparate constituencies.

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to praise the victory of a Republican candidate in Tuesday's special congressional election in Kansas. "A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)", Trump tweeted. Dan Glickman (D) was swept out by a Republican electoral victory wave in 1994 fueled in part by anti-abortion activists. The district has been hard hit by the downturn in the agricultural economy and where battered aircraft manufacturing plants have shed hundreds of well-paying, blue-collar jobs. The 17-county congressional district includes Wichita, home to Koch Industries, the company led by conservative billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch.

Estes was elected by a smaller margin than many Republicans would have liked, however.

While Trump won the Wichita-based 4th district overwhelmingly in November 2016, much of that vote had to do with the person he was running against. The Estes campaign pulled in Sen. Trump and vice president Mike Pence recorded robocalls to stoke Republican turnout in the race, and senator Ted Cruz hosted a rally in Kansas Monday. "I realized this was important". She was especially upset when the Republican governor recently vetoed Medicaid expansion.

He said he plans to eventually change his party affiliation to Republican. "While Democrats are desperate to recover from their losses in November, Kansas voters reaffirmed that Republicans, under the leadership of President Trump, remain best equipped to solve the needs of Americans across the country", McDaniel added. After weeks of ignoring the surging Democratic enthusiasm in the district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday gave Thompson a last-minute boost, making live calls to voters on his behalf.

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Thompson, 46, a lawyer who had caucused for Bernie Sanders, waged a stronger-than-expected race that has inspired national Democrats to compete more aggressively ahead of 2018's midterm elections.

"Estes did not beat us", Thompson told supporters in Kansas' fourth district Tuesday night after the race was called.

Thompson won the Kansas Democratic Party's nomination in February by defeating a well-known politician, former State Treasurer Dennis McKinney. He thinks Trump has been been doing fine so far.

"Some people are saying you know, 'I'm a little nervous I don't know what to do, '" Lewis said on MSNBC while discussing why Democrats should stay engaged and organized to challenge the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers.

"Ron Estes is running TODAY for Congress in the Great State of Kansas".

Reason number one that Republicans are anxious in an era of Trump driven negativity, Ossoff sounds positive, "Fundamentally, my campaign is a positive one about a vision for our local economic development, and about values that bring people in our community together instead of division and fear".

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