It was the first special congressional election since Mr. Trump's election as president, and the first national test of his party's electoral strength. And there were no race-specific factors that should have made this an anomaly among congressional elections. Kansas' Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was, until recently, the least popular governor in the country. Estes had double his campaign cash.
Republican Ron Estes beat back a surprisingly strong challenge from an unheralded and underfunded Democratic challenger to claim a special election victory in Kansas' 4th district on Tuesday night.
In Normal Township, Democrats won seats on the board of trustees for the first time in 100 years.
So while Estes is the victor, his Democratic opponent, James Thompson, can also claim some victory (but no seat in Congress).
Estes ran behind Trump by double digits in many counties, while Thompson performed better than 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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That GOP concern has spread nationwide as other states prepare for their own special elections, he said. Kansas's 4th district is typically not an area where Democrats hold a competitive chance.
There are a few reasons that could explain why special election candidates have generally not performed as well as their party did in preceding general elections.
Even with Estes' victory, winning majority support for tough votes in Congress could become even more hard if more Republicans see a chance of danger in the 2018 elections, though Republicans have noted that special elections are unpredictable by nature. Ted Cruz of Texas flew into Wichita for a rally and the National Republican Congressional Committee flooded Wichita television with abortion-themed attack ads against Mr. Thompson. President Trump even recorded a call for the Republican and sent an Election Day tweet calling Estes a "wonderful guy" who would help him on "Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)". This should worry Republicans.
Ossoff's message mirrored the one that is coming out of the new DNC leadership, and House and Senate Democratic leadership. If Democrats can net 24 seats, they would recapture the majority. But they did not invest.
Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee spent almost $100,000 on last-minute support.
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"There are thousands of elections every year", Perez told the Washington Post last week. "That would require a major increase in funds". The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee dumped $130,000 into the race.
Democrat James Thompson could pull off an upset. The Democratic victories in IL prove that the shockingly close race in Kansas is no fluke, and that no Republican is safe.
The special election was called after Republican Mike Pompeo was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Trump in November. First and foremost, this was a special election, which tend to have significantly lower turnout than traditionally scheduled races.
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