Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Kansas Democrat plans another run for Congress

Kansas Democrat plans another run for Congress

Specifically, this election was a window into how voters in this deep-red congressional district feel about Trump and Republicans' leadership right now.

Lucy Jones-Phillips, a 31-year-old insurance representative and Democrat, acknowledged she doesn't vote in every election, but said she voted for Thompson because she wanted to ensure supporters of Gov. Sam Brownback are not in office.

That's a relatively small margin in Kansas' right-leaning 4th district, which Trump won by 27 points and Pompeo won by more than 30 points in November.

On Tuesday people in Kansas' fourth congressional district, an area that includes the city of Wichita, voted in a special election for a new congressman.

The special election Tuesday between Democrat James Thompson and Republican Ron Estes to fill the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is being watched across the nation for signs of a backlash against Republicans.

S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison tweeted "we can #FlipSC5 with your support" and called on the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to support the Democratic nominee in the race, support that was largely absent in Kansas. Republicans now hold a 237-193 majority in the House.

"Those states don't have a highly unpopular governor that is going to have the proverbial millstone around the candidate's neck", Michael O'Donnell, a Kansas GOP commissioner, told the Wichita Eagle on whether the vote signals trouble for Republicans in Georgia.

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Less than three months after taking control of Washington, the Republican Party has already been put on the political defensive - thanks primarily to House races in Kansas, Georgia and Montana that have proved unexpectedly hard.

But progressives were critical of the party for letting the race play out without a major investment.

"This race is as much about the next year and a half nationally as it is about district", Rothenberg said. It also suggested that the GOP's eight-year ride in the opposition was smoother than what was coming next.

In the campaign's final weekend, the NRCC spent close to $100,000 on the race, and the GOP-allied Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC paid for tens of thousands of get-out-the-vote phone calls.

The contest began with Pompeo's January 23 departure from Congress, which attracted little national attention until the start of April.

However, the close margin in Tuesday's race could hamper Republican efforts to recruit candidates, according to Patrick Miller, a political science professor at the University of Kansas. Both parties treated it as such and that's how the voters perceived it. "We'll come back in 2018 stronger and be able to win it". Democrat James Thompson kisses his wife Lisa while their daughter Liberty stands to their left at the Murdock Theatre in Wichita, Kan., Tuesday, April, 11, 2017. "It's a disaster. It's just not fair". Between 2010 and 2016, Mulvaney won his seat with at least 55 percent of the vote.

After all the fuss, the national pundits and party officials headed to Georgia and other states holding special congressional elections.

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