Republicans' narrow win for Kansas seat emboldens Democrats

Republicans' narrow win for Kansas seat emboldens Democrats

Pompeo won the state's 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

Estes defeated Democratic candidate Jim Thompson by less than seven points, earning 52.5% of the vote while Thompson earned 45.7% - a difference of about 8,000 votes, according to the New York Times. Ted Cruz. Cruz, who won the state in the 2016 Republican primaries, introduced Estes at a rally and called on district residents to turn out to vote for the Republican.

The Kansas race had percolated under the radar for weeks, but tighter-than-expected polling prompted a last-minute flurry of activity as Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recorded robocalls, and Sen. A smart Republican lobbyist told me last month that Trumpcare was always going to lose many, if not all, of the 23 House Republicans who represent districts that Hillary Clinton won in November. And Jon Ossoff, the leading Democrat in the 18-candidate race, has attracted far more fundraising dollars and national attention than the little-known challenger to Estes in Kansas. The new administration also has faced criticism due to allegations that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with high-ranking Russian officials.

The contest had been a sleepy affair until last week when the campaign arm of House Republicans spent $100,000 on ads attacking Thompson at the last minute. "I wanted to do everything I could to help turnout".

In this March 23, 2017, photo, Democrat James Thompson, a candidate for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, speaks during a debate in Wichita, Kan. "While Donald Trump is threatening the safety of marginalized communities, Democrats need to quit the dithering and ensure that Trump and his Congressional enablers feel politically unsafe in every corner of the country".

Estes handily won the district's rural counties. Sam Brownback's budgets have made him a very unpopular governor, and GOP congressional candidate Ron Estes is closely tied to Brownback as the state's treasurer.

This latest poll is "based on telephone interviews conducted April 5-9, 2017, with a random sample of 1,019 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia".

Rep. Steve Stivers of OH who leads the House Republicans' campaign arm, said Ossoff's best chance of claiming the seat is to win outright next week, "and he knows that". "It's remarkable that Thompson got this close".

The full-out blitz rescued Estes, the two-term state treasurer. Republicans are defending four GOP-leaning seats - the Kansas seat plus Georgia, Montana and SC - while Democrats are protecting a seat in a liberal California district.

David Carron, 50, showed up to vote dressed in his U.S. Army uniform with his wife, Crystal, to show their support for Trump. It's an issue Democrats think makes the GOP politically vulnerable, and one the party strategists say they'll continue to push in the months ahead.