She learned that firsthand in November 2016 when the one-time Republican Allen ran as an independent in the 4th Congressional District against Republican incumbent Mike Pompeo, plus a Democrat and a Libertarian.
That advertising was followed by a series of robocalls to GOP voters over the weekend from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and a personal fly-in appearance by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, who won the state in the 2016 Republican primaries, introduced Estes at a rally and called on district residents to turn out to vote for the Republican.
The outcome was a shot across the bow of national Republicans as the party faces three more special elections in Georgia, Montana and SC. The new administration also has faced criticism due to allegations that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with high-ranking Russian officials. It was the smallest margin of victory for a Republican in the district in more than a decade.
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Since Bill Clinton won the White House in 1992, there have been seven House special elections before or during the first 100 days of a president's term. To this extent, the fact that Republicans managed to hold onto Kansas' 4th district in yesterday's special election is precisely the outcome the GOP wanted to see. I want to do it first to really do it right.
But many voters turned to the Democratic candidate instead, political newcomer James Thompson.
"Certainly Estes is not helped by [Republican Governor Sam] Brownback", Loomis said, referring to the Kansas governor who recently vetoed Medicaid expansion that would have given health care to 150,000 people in the state. Thompson won the densely populated city of Wichita, but Estes dominated in the surrounding rural areas.
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Estes' campaign manager, Rodger Woods, struck a confident tone in an email an hour before polls officially closed in the state at 7 p.m. They will be facing an energized - even an enraged - Democratic party and will be able to take nothing for granted.
The next electoral test will be in the Atlanta suburbs, where Democrats are spending heavily to elect Jon Ossoff to the seat vacated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
Kansas Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt, who spoke to a Reno County Republican Party gathering in South Hutchinson Tuesday evening, thought the high interest in the 4th District race was due to timing.
"Trump needs all the support he can get", Harris said outside the Machinists Union hall in Wichita. Said Mr. Estes: "The pundits were talking about... this wasn't a seat we were going to win, that we were going to lose a Republican seat... that it was a chance for the Democrats".
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