Republican wins Kansas special election, fending off upset

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April 12, 2017

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Republican candidate Ron Estes is projected to win a Kansas House seat, overcoming an unexpectedly tough challenge and denying Democrats a major upset — albeit by a much slimmer margin than his Republican predecessor.

Estes defeated civil rights attorney James Thompson (D) in Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, with both The Associated Press and The New York Times calling the race.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Estes has 53 percent of the vote in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District to Thompson’s 46 percent.

Estes, a two-term state treasurer, had been expected to cruise to the finish line in a district that Trump carried by nearly 30 points. In the final days of the race, however, Republicans scrambled to fend off what would have been a devastating upset.

  • Pete

    I do not trust the republican legislature to act responsibly unless we watch then like a hawk, (the K street pimps will buy anyone they can) but I know they are really our only shot at fixing our broken federal government.

  • justinwachin

    Congratulations to Mr. Estes. Hopefully he will be the first of the Republicans elected during the reign of Trump.

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