Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Estes wins in Cowley County by 13 points

Alfredo Watts | 21 April, 2017, 16:44

Just days before the election, his campaign spokesman said they received financial support from more than 8,500 people. Thompson, is spending the final day of campaigning before Tuesday's election talking directly to voters. Pompeo won reelection by 31 points a year ago.

Observers are already looking to a special election for a House seat in Georgia next Tuesday, which has attracted more of the national spotlight and is expected to be very competitive.

"They don't want to be explaining to them why Estes pulled off an underwhelming win in a district he should have won by 30 points", Miller told the Eagle.

Estes will fill the District 4 seat of Mike Pompeo, who resigned to become Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director. Last November, Trump won this district by 27 percent... meaning the district has swung 20 percent in six months.

The Republicans infused the Estes campaign with additional funds, produced automated phone calls recorded by Trump, and sent in Republican US Senator Ted Cruz on Monday to campaign on Estes' behalf. "You play every game", Pumpelly said. Kansas' Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was, until recently, the least popular governor in the country. Nor was Rep. -elect Ron Estes, the state treasurer, a particularly flawed GOP candidate.

President Trump on Wednesday said the GOP had a "great win in Kansas" the night before, falsely claiming Democrats "spent heavily" to try to flip a House seat. Estes, a businessman who entered politics in 2004, had only ever won landslides in the 4th District for state office.

In a speech to supporters in Wichita, Thompson vowed that he would run for the seat again in 2018 and argued that the result was evidence that no Republican district is safe.

Estes took 53 percent of the vote to Democrat James Thompson's 46 percent in the race for Kansas' southern 4th District.

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is getting a big push ahead of his special election primary, The Hill reported. His public service career began when he served two terms as treasurer of Sedgwick County, which is home to Wichita. Dan Glickman (D) was swept out by a Republican electoral victory wave in 1994 fueled in part by anti-abortion activists. A tally Tuesday morning showed more than 12,600 donors to Thompson. Candidates in special elections also don't have the advantages held by incumbents.

Maybe. What happens in April 2017 does not mean the same thing will happen in November 2018, when the entire House of Representatives is up for reelection.

All those GOP calls prompted Charlene Health, a 52-year-old homemaker and Republican in Belle Plaine, to cast a ballot for Estes. He said he and his wife, Crystal, voted for Republican Ron Estes "just to support Trump". "A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)". And President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both recorded robocalls for the Republican candidate. Ossoff is counting on opposition to Trump to propel him to a decisive victory.

The special election was closely watched for any anti-Trump backlash against Republicans.

Estes, 60, defeated civil rights lawyer James Thompson by about 5 percentage points in a district Trump carried with 60 percent of the vote.

But in a sign of nervousness, Republicans poured money into the race late to bolster Estes.