The Latest: Kansas Democrat plans another run for Congress
15 Abril, 2017, 14:05
After Democrat James Thompson gave Republican Ron Estes a surprising run for his money in a special election for the 4th district of the typically deep-red Sunflower State on Tuesday, a Democrat in Georgia's upcoming special election is gaining momentum in what's also been a Republican stronghold.
Estes did, in fact, win the election for the House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who left to become Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director.
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. In addition, Trump recorded robo-call for Estes, and Sen. The Democratic candidate, James Thompson, was a political novice who couldn't attract big-dollar donations from Democrats around the nation. With a approval rating of negative 35-57 percent, Trump's presidency could spell disaster for Republicans in 2017's special elections and in the 2018 midterms.
Voters in Kansas' 4th District haven't elected a Democrat to Congress in more than 20 years, since then-Rep.
Liberal activists are unleashing their fury on the Democratic Party establishment for failing to recognize that rampant disgust with President Donald Trump is now fueling an enthusiasm among voters that could turn even Republican districts blue. Observers are already looking to a special election for a House seat in Georgia next Tuesday, which has attracted more of the national spotlight and is expected to be very competitive.
The contest had been a sleepy affair until last week when the campaign arm of House Republicans spent $100,000 on ads attacking Thompson at the last minute. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned with the candidate on Monday.
Republicans have represented the district since Todd Tiahrt unseated veteran Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman in 1994.
All those GOP calls prompted Charlene Health, a 52-year-old homemaker and Republican in Belle Plaine, to cast a ballot for Estes. Last November, Trump carried the district by 30 points.
The Democrat Thompson received 50 percent of the votes in that county, compared to 48 percent for Estes and 2 percent for Rockhold.
But while another Republican would have made Democratic voters mad, it's safe to say that another Republican wouldn't have energized Democrats in the same way.
In Kansas, one factor was Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who remains unpopular because the state has faced serious budget problems since the governor and GOP lawmakers slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013. "You know, on a special election, you really have to focus on getting people turned out, make sure that they're aware that April 11 was the day to vote". "And we're going to make sure we change things in Washington".