Republican Ron Estes ensured that the House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo will stay in GOP’s hands as he became Kansas’ next congressman, although the victory did not come as easily as many thought in the deep-red state.
He emerged the winner in Tuesday’s special election to fill Kansas’ empty seat in the House after carrying 52 percent of the vote.
The winning margin was far smaller compared to Pompeo’s by 31-point victory during his re-election, and even Donald Trump’s 27-point thumping of Hillary Clinton.
Republican Party strategists warned these past few days that Democrat James Thompson was in striking distance against Estes, in the special election to fill the vacant seat.
The Daily Caller reports:
The race began generating serious national buzz last week as internal polling showed the contest was neck-and-neck. The Kansas City Star reported that one poll circulating among Republicans showed that Thompson was within a single point of Estes, who was elected treasurer in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
This prompted Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to encourage GOP voters to the polls through recorded robocalls. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also came out to support Estes during a rally Monday.