Progressives are smarting this morning over yesterday’s election in Kansas in which Ron Estes won former Congressman Mike Pompeo’s seat. Estes walked away with 53% of the vote. His opponent Democrat James Thompson received 45% of the vote.
The Daily Signal by Rachel del Guidice
Republican Ron Estes won a seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District that was vacated by President Donald Trump’s appointment of Rep. Mike Pompeo to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Estes will replace the seat Pompeo held in the House of Representatives since 2011 before joining the CIA in January as its director.
Estes, Kansas’ state treasurer, ran against Democrat James Thompson, a U.S. Army veteran and civil rights attorney, and Chris Rockhold, a Libertarian and flight instructor for FlightSafety.
Estes faced a narrow victory over Thompson, winning 53.3 percent of the vote while Thompson came away with 45 percent of the vote with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, The New York Times reports.
Estes won in a state that voted for Trump overwhelmingly in November.
Trump won with 56.2 percent of the vote while Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton took only 35.7 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.
Trump came away with 60 percent of the vote in Wichita, ABC News reports.
Estes’ Democrat counterpart, Thompson, ran on a platform that included calls for education reform, “fair immigration policies,” and LGBT rights.
“I am running for Congress because I want to make sure that I am protecting the things that are important in the country,” Thompson said in a campaign ad. “Protecting our families, protecting our ability to work, protecting our education, and protecting our freedoms.”
Thompson also said he will “fight against all forms of discrimination, and vigorously oppose those who would attack and bully members of the LGBT community”[…]
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