Republicans hold on to Kansas House seat in a close special election

Republicans hold on to Kansas House seat in a close special election

Republicans hold on to Kansas House seat in a close special election

The importance of the election was demonstrated by the national GOP figures who campaigned for Estes.

But many voters turned to the Democratic candidate instead, political newcomer James Thompson.

Based on the results, Democrats, both in Kansas and nationally, are proclaiming new-found hope in the early months of Trump's administration. After all, if a Democrat could win a district that Trump won big, why couldn't a Democrat win a district Republicans only carried by single digits?

"Progressives in Kansas lost the battle last night for a seat in Congress, but their overall efforts are helping us win the war to transform the Democratic Party and our nation", Sanders said. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a visit to the district Monday.

"Even though we heard a lot from the national media and from people outside this state that we were not going to be able to win this race, we showed that we are still a Republican seat", Estes told supporters at a rally in Wichita.

Estes was first elected state treasurer in 2010.

Because of Brownback, it's hard to say how much Estes' narrow victory can be seen as a referendum on Trump's presidency.

Estes said he will go to Washington to work for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to repeal the 2010 health care law championed by former President Barack Obama.

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The Republican's margin of victory was just over 8,000 votes.

Tuesday's vote in Kansas is the first of several special elections this year that will fill congressional seats vacated by Trump appointments. Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by less than ten percentage points.

Estes received 53 percent of the vote in Kansas's 4th Congressional District, compared to Thompson's 46 percent.

The special election was closely watched for any anti-Trump backlash against Republicans. If Democrats can seriously compete in this Kansas district, they can seriously compete nearly anywhere.

Thompson, a civil rights attorney, said he was inspired by Sen. A surprise strong showing for the Democratic candidate may signify a slight shift in a traditionally Republican state.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee spent almost $100,000 on last-minute support. Estes raised $312,000 to Thompson's $254,000 as of late March. But only once did the winning candidate in the special election get a higher percentage of the vote than their party's candidate in the preceding November election.

President Donald Trump is having an impact on voters in Kansas' special Congressional election.

Lucy Jones-Phillips, a 31-year-old insurance representative and Democrat, acknowledged she doesn't vote in every election, but said she voted for Thompson because she wanted to register her disappointment in Brownback, especially his veto of an expansion of Medicaid. Rockhold said one reason why he chose to enter the race was to get name recognition for the Libertarian Party.

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