Trump-backed Republican wins close race for deep-red Kansas congressional seat

President Donald Trump made a Twitter appeal for Kansas Republican Ron Estes on Tuesday.

In a Kansas race that drew national attention as the first congressional election since President Donald Trump took office, a Republican backed by Trump pulled out a closer-than-expected victory in a normally solid GOP House district on Tuesday.


Republicans were nervous about the race as it became clear that Democrat James Thompson was running close to Republican Ron Estes in a district that Trump won by 27 points in November and Mitt Romney carried by 26 points in 2012.


Estes ended up winning with 53 percent of the vote in Kansas District 4.


Trump recorded a robocall for Estes in the campaign’s final days and took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to promote him.


“Ron Estes is running TODAY for Congress in the Great State of Kansas. A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform),” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.



Estes will fill the District 4 seat of Mike Pompeo, who resigned to become Trump’s CIA director. Pompeo won the seat by a 60.6-to-29.6 percent margin over his Democratic challenger only five months ago.


Another nail-biter for the GOP and Trump comes next week in Georgia, where polls suggest Democrats have a chance to win a suburban Atlanta district once held by Newt Gingrich. Georgia’s 6th District seat is vacant because Republican Tom Price stepped down to be Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services. Price was re-elected with 61.7 percent of the vote in November.


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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