THE TRUMP EFFECT? Republican Ron Estes Keeps Kansas Congressional Seat

America still hasn’t grown tired of winning. Liberals may have hoped to show the Trump administration a turning tide by snatching back a congressional seat in Kansas, but no such thing happened this week.

Things are not looking so great for liberals in 2018. They are still trying to convince themselves that a 53 to 46 vote spread is “close.”

KansasCity.com has the story:

Republican Ron Estes will be the next congressman from the state of Kansas, but his victory Tuesday night did not come as easily as many expected in the deep-red state.

GOP strategists warned in recent days that Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, was in striking distance against Estes, the Kansas state treasurer from Wichita, in the special election to replace Mike Pompeo.

Estes trailed Thompson early in the night, but began to pull ahead around 9 p.m. In the end, Estes prevailed with 53 percent to Thompson’s 46 percent. Libertarian candidate Chris Rockhold drew about 2 percent of the vote.

… Pompeo, a Republican who won by 31 percentage points in November, gave up his seat in the 4th Congressional District in January to serve as Trump’s director of the CIA.

However, Estes framed himself as an underdog after he was declared the winner.

“We heard a lot from the national media and from people outside the state that we weren’t going to be able to win this race. We showed tonight that we were,” Estes said. “We’re still a Republican seat. … We sent a message across the country that we’re still Republican. That message should echo.

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