House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

The governor is reportedly being considered for an ambassador role by President Trump, and he might need it. "That's the big thing right now". Brownback, one of the least popular governors in the U.S., may have been more effective for Democrats in this race than anything Trump has said or done so far in his administration.

For this and other reasons, it's a good idea to watch the voters in Kansas. And the GOP has struggled to put away a trio of special election House races in districts where it won easily just last November. "You play every game". Estes gained ground through the evening and ended up with 53 percent of the vote over Thompson's 46 percent.

Estes said he and his wife, Susan, will maintain roughly the same living arrangements they've had since he was elected state treasurer in 2010.

No Democrat has won this seat since 1992, the year Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush.

Second, Democrats didn't predict victory in the special election.

Last night in the Kansas special election in Congressional District 4, Trump-embracing Republican Ron Estes only beat progressive Democrat James Thompson by a mere 6.8 points.

State Treasurer Ron Estes won the U.S. House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who now serves as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Republican lawmakers have held the 4th district seat for more than two decades.) Tuesday's special election gained national attention simply because it was a competitive race.

Kansas is a very red state, so red that Donald Trump won by 27 percent and Pompeo won reelection to the seat with a 30 percent margin.

Loomis said Republicans "panicked" as the election neared.

Thompson spent the final day of campaigning talking directly to voters.

"Right now, I haven't even been sworn in yet", he said.

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. Thompson... barely over 2 percent.

That is, not only can't the media fact-check everything Trump says that's incorrect, but also that Trump has convinced his followers that anything the media says is false is, by definition, true.

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

Pawnee County: Estes received 44 votes (71 percent), Thompson received 18 votes (29 percent) and Rockhold received 0 votes. Republicans are aiming to keep Ossoff below the majority required to win outright, forcing a two-person runoff - basically a Republican v. Democrat general election - on June 20.

It came just a few months into the Trump administration and observers were watching the race to see if there was a political reaction, Schmidt said.

"I thanked him for his get-out-the-vote calls", Estes said.

A loss - in one of the 100 most Republican-leaning districts in the country, according to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voting Index scores, which measure presidential-election performance against the national average - would have been devastating for the GOP and particularly for Trump, who already in his young presidency has had trouble wrangling lawmakers to vote for administration priorities like the repeal of Obamacare.

The seat was considered to be by Republicans a straight win - until an energized Democratic base left Estes with a smaller advantage.

In a sign of nervousness in the waning days of the campaign, Republicans poured money into the race to bolster Estes. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recorded get-out-the-vote calls on his behalf and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a late visit to the district.

  • Larry Hoffman