Kansas outcome a warning to GOP as Georgia contest nears

House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

"Pompeo carried this district by over 20 points year after year, election after election, and for this to be a single digit race now is a sign that voters are dissatisfied with how things have happened", Jarman said.

"I can't stand Brownback", she said as she left her polling site in Belle Plaine.

Democrat Thompson had insisted that the race was less about Trump, and more about the policies of Kansas's unpopular Republican governor.

"I think more than anything else, what happened in November of previous year, it turned a switch on", Lewis said. The Estes campaign pulled in Sen.

Those GOP calls prompted Charlene Health, a 52-year-old homemaker and Republican in Belle Plaine, to cast a ballot for Estes. This reliably Republican district anchored by Wichita has an April 11 special election to pick a successor to Mike Pompeo, now Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director.

Ron Estes, the Republican candidate for an empty House seat in Kansas, survived a surprisingly competitive race in a heavily conservative district on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. "This election, this special election tomorrow, makes a difference". "I finally did. I realized this was important". "Our country needs help". 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 10, 2017, in Wichita, Kan.

Thompson won the Kansas Democratic Party's nomination in February by defeating a well-known politician, former State Treasurer Dennis McKinney.

Trump's agenda and the legislation he has pushed so far would prove devastating for the people who live in this district-for example, 15,152 people in this district would lose their healthcare if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. "People need to give him some time".

It came just a few months into the Trump administration and observers were watching the race to see if there was a political reaction, Schmidt said.

Reason number one that Republicans are anxious in an era of Trump driven negativity, Ossoff sounds positive, "Fundamentally, my campaign is a positive one about a vision for our local economic development, and about values that bring people in our community together instead of division and fear".

"Normally a candidate with a good shot in a special election would be enough to at least draw some DCCC money, but making calls the night before is too little, too late", Rackaway said. On Monday, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of SC, who shouted "You Lie!" at President Barack Obama during a 2009 health care speech, heard chants of the same phrase at a town hall from constituents angry about health care and his voting record on violence against women.

Though it's far too early to know whether those Democratic gains will hold through the 2018 midterm elections, Kansas was an ominous sign for the GOP ahead of a much closer Georgia 6th District special election next week in Atlanta's northern suburbs - as well as other upcoming special elections in Montana and SC.

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