Kansas voters cite Trump's impact in race

Libertarian Chris Rockhold trailed a distant third in the race. National resources from both parties flooded into the race, but most importantly, Donald Trump himself began to campaign on Estes' behalf.

Estes' victory came after national Republicans scrambled in the final week of the campaign to deny Thompson a shocking upset victory.

Estes ran behind Trump by double digits in many counties, while Thompson performed better than 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

University of Kansas assistant political science professor, Patrick Miller, says it's too early to know what this result means. Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, right, and Sen. "Obviously, there's still some discussion about Obamacare and repealing and replacing that". "The reason I went up to campaign there is that we had a vacant congressional seat, and the numbers were looking close". In a district with a natural double-digit advantage for Republicans, that's certainly cause for concern - but what specifically turned off voters?

We did not win the seat in Kansas District 4, but make no mistake-this enormous swing is a major victory for the resistance.

It and another close congressional race in Republican territory in the state of Georgia next week, could portend tough election battles for the president's party in 2018. During the 2016 election, McDermott said if anyone thought Trump could win MI and Pennsylvania, they should never work in politics again.

Debbie Luper, deputy campaign manager and a former aide to state Sen. He held off a stronger than expected challenge from Thompson to claim the south-central Kansas seat formerly held by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Despite the very conservative district - where a Democrat has not held a House seat since 1994 - and the last-minute GOP star power, Estes won by only a 53-45 percent margin, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Estes had 37,058 for 48 percent.

In this March 23, 2017, photo, Democrat James Thompson, a candidate for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, speaks during a debate in Wichita, Kan.

"I wasn't even going to vote", she said as she left her polling site Tuesday morning. Cruz told about 200 people who came to a GOP rally Monday that the Democratic hard-core base is going to show up for the special election. He also didn't vote for Trump in the last year's general election. The seat, which Pompeo won with almost 61 percent of the vote in November, looked until recently like a lock for Estes, the state treasurer since 2011.

President Donald Trump made a Twitter appeal for Kansas Republican Ron Estes on Tuesday. Using the 2016 margin as a tool by which we measure the success or failure of future candidates is a fool's errand.

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

Thompson can try and get more party support the next time around.

Trump himself triggered the special election by naming then-Rep. The open seats are in Georgia's 6th District, Montana's at-large district, South Carolina's 5th District and California's 34th District.

  • Larry Hoffman