Republicans hold onto Kansas House seat

Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes right and Sen. Ted Cruz who came to Wichita to campaign for Estes the day before a special election speak to the media during a news conference before their rally at Yingling Aviation Monday April

National Democratic groups, such as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee, need to compete everywhere, Thompson contended.

The narrow win in Kansas, where CIA Director Mike Pompeo prevailed by 31 percentage points last fall, emboldened Democrats ahead of a more competitive special congressional election in Georgia next week that could serve as a test of their ability to marshal anti-Trump forces.

Republicans, though, heralded Republican Ron Estes' 53 percent to 46 percent victory over Democrat James Thompson in Kansas' 4th Congressional District as proof that voters continue to support the GOP agenda and Mr. Trump, who made last-minute appeals for votes both with robocalls and on Twitter. Thompson came up short in his bid to beat republican Ron Estes in a special election to replace current Central Intelligence Agency director, and former U.S. Rep Mike Pompeo in the Kansas 4th congressional district.

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.

David Carron, a 50-year-old Republican from Belle Plaine, showed up to vote in his Army uniform. Kansans are fortunate to have this committed public servant representing them in Congress and I'd like to offer my full congratulations to Ron and his entire family on his victory. "I realized this was important".

Even when it came to phone banking, Republicans did more than the Democrats, said Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor at Fort Hays State University. She was especially upset when the Republican governor recently vetoed Medicaid expansion. "The Democratic base is fully mobilized and unlikely to be defused", said one Republican House member who wanted to speak under anonymity. But he also said he didn't vote for Trump in the presidential election because he doesn't "believe in the party line".

The outcome was a shot across the bow of national Republicans as the party faces three more special elections in Georgia, Montana and SC.

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But in a sign of nervousness, Republicans poured money into the race late to bolster Estes. The president joined the effort for Estes through social media and get-out-the-vote calls. "As work begins on the next farm bill, we look forward to having Ron's knowledge and expertise on the side of Kansas farmers and ranchers", Felts said in a statement.

Trump had more tepid support in Georgia's 6 District, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. The Belle Plaine couple voted for Estes.

"We now have a good sense of energy that's out there in terms of how it actually translates at the ballot box", Kelly said. Ted Cruz came to campaign for Mr. Estes.

Now, the resistance turns to Georgia, which holds a closely watched special election next week.

"Our enemy right now is complacency", Cruz said.

"Energy amongst Democrats is off the charts, which the DCCC recognized and acted on earlier than any previous cycle", said Meredith Kelly, DCCC spokeswoman. His campaign announced Monday that it hit 20,000 in total donors, with most people giving small-dollar contributions. Pompeo won the state's 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. The district has been hard hit by the downturn in the agricultural economy and the loss of hundreds of well-paying, blue-collar jobs in aircraft manufacturing plants.

Estes, however, is set to prevail by less than 7 points, a warning sign for the House Republican majority less than 100 days into the Trump administration.

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