Archive for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Republicans hold onto U.S. House seat in Kansas’ 4th District

April 11, 2017


— Republicans survived an election scare on Tuesday and won a Kansas House seat in the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory, but the margin was much narrower than expected in a district that had voted overwhelmingly for Trump in November.

Republican state Treasurer Ron Estes, 60, will represent the Kansas 4th congressional district replacing Mike Pompeo, whom Trump named as CIA director.

Trump won 60 percent of the district's vote in November, and Pompeo won re-election by 31 points. Estes defeated civil rights lawyer James Thompson by only about five percentage points, suggesting some backlash against Republicans since November.

"Republicans nationally should be very worried," said Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist. "It's remarkable that Thompson got this close."

In the waning days of the campaign, Republicans pulled in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to campaign in Wichita for Estes, and both Vice President Mike Pence and Trump recorded robo-calls for him. A flood of big GOP campaign donations and a last-minute ad buy last week of nearly $100,000 by the National Republican Congressional Committee also signaled GOP nervousness.

Thompson, 46, was a political newcomer backed by Our Revolution, the group that continues the work of Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

Libertarian Chris Rockhold trailed a distant third in the race.

Republicans have represented the district since Todd Tiahrt unseated veteran Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman in 1994. Pompeo won the state's 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

Estes supported Trump last year and backs the president's policies. He supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, backs funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, opposes funding for Planned Parenthood and does not believe an independent investigation into Russian hacking of the election is needed.

Trump's selections for top administration jobs and a California Democratic appointment have created five openings in the U.S. House, where Republicans have a 237-193 edge. In addition to the Kansas seat, Republicans are defending GOP-leaning seats in Georgia, Montana and South Carolina, while Democrats are protecting a seat in a liberal California district.


Steve Jacob 1 year, 2 months ago

Thompson ran a good campaign and might be the best candidate for governor. From what little I read about this race is was more about Brownback then Trump.

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

The voters of Kansas administer yet another spanking to the Democratic Party.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 2 months ago

How do you figure? The people in this part of Kansas would vote for Stalin himself, if he ran on an anti-abortion stance. He could have the motto "I will purge all who disagree with me, but I'll make abortion illegal, and send all those women to labor camps." and they would vote for him. They would even reelect the failure Brownback.

Sam Crow 1 year, 2 months ago

The first thing that we can do is get the numbers right.

Despite the AP reporting, according to Secretary of State office official returns, Estes won 53-46 %. That would appear to be 7 percentage points, not “only about five.”

Further, Estes won 16 of 17 counties. His only loss was heavily democrat Sedgwick County. There, Estes lost by about 1,850 votes of 81,000 cast.

Another newspaper points out that since Brownback was nominated, Republicans are 32-0 in statewide and federal elections.

Bob Beatty is full of hope and wishes. And liberal based opinion.

Gary Pomeroy 1 year, 2 months ago

Exactly, This may be the first time I have read a "news" article about an election where the actual numbers were missing.

Phillip Chappuie 1 year, 2 months ago

That's great. Kansas gets to send another little yes boy rubber stamp to Washington to do the bidding of his masters while ignoring the people that elected him. I hear tell he will let them know what a success the Brownback economic policy has been. If Kansas needs another one to promote the backward narrow mindedness that makes the rest of the country look at us as the flyover state, this is one Pillsbury dough boy that meets the bill.

Brock Masters 1 year, 2 months ago

How do you figure he will ignore those who elected him? He may ignore those that didn't elect him but he will do exactly what those that did want.

Phillip Chappuie 1 year, 2 months ago

Pretty simple. Estes supports GOP that supports Trump that creates the policies that will come back to the Wichita area in with negative net outcomes. Such as (just an example) cuts to HUD that result in loss of CDBG infrastructure grants that small communities thrive on. Without that whatever project cost will fall directly to locals with no fed support so they can no longer afford them. Loss of access to healthcare. Many things. We could go on all day citing what may very well happen that results in loss of service and benefit.

Brock Masters 1 year, 2 months ago

You're assuming his voters don't want cuts to HUD. I do and I bet many who voted for Estes do.

Trump is doing what his voters wanted and Estes will too.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

Election Theft

Vote hackers are in the USA. The devil is in our own backyard.

What about the new voting machines? Where did they come from? Conservatives own voting machines which is to say perhaps the machines had been corrupted to insure an Estes victory.

Corrupt voting machines fit with the conservative and illegal voter suppression movement.

Our electronic voting machines can be programmed to vote wrong and print out a receipt looking like the machine voted correctly.

Paperless Electronic Voting.

Every vote needs to count counts. There needs to be a transparent system of vote counting so that people can trust that their vote is counted as they cast it.

Paperless electronic voting on touch screen machines does not provide confidence to ensure votes are counted the way voters intend.

The software on which votes are counted is protected as a corporate trade secret, and the software is so complex that if malicious code was embedded, no analysis could discover it. Further, because there is no voter verified paper record, it is not possible to audit the electronic vote for accuracy, nor is it possible to conduct an independent recount. This is a grotesquely designed, over-complicated, expensive system fraught with the potential for mistakes and undetected fraud.

On July 23, 2003, the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute reviewed the electronic voting system in Maryland and found that it had security far below even the most minimal security standards.

In the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2004, four top computer scientists from the University of California, Johns Hopkins University, and Rice University similarly critiqued Diebold’s voting system:

"We found significant security flaws: voters can trivially cast multiple ballots with no built-in traceability, administrative functions can be performed by regular voters, and the threats posed by insiders such as poll workers, software developers, and janitors is even greater.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

And it appears that Kansas voters have still not got the message that the fascists of the alt right are not the solution for Kansas. I would reference Brownbackwards as living proof of the foolishness of supporting the far right "conservative" Kansas Republican Party.

Kansas will continue to earn the moniker "Bleeding Kansas" and "Flyover Kansas" Utterly clueless.

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

It appears that the Kansas voters don't agree with your name-calling.

Armen Kurdian 1 year, 2 months ago

Neither are the fascists of the alt-left who violently attack those who disagree with them or dare to speak in a conservative fashion.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you for the analysis, Mr. Crow. As always, you state the facts squarely and completely.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 2 months ago

As for Thompson, if he can't win a Congressional race, what makes you think that he would have state wide appeal in a run for Governor?

Steve Jacob 1 year, 2 months ago

I did not say he was going to win, just that he might be the best option. My motto is any knucklehead can win a congressional race, statewide elections are tougher.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sure if Thompson runs for governor, the Republicans will find evidence that he kissed a girl before he met his wife, and the Kansas conservatives will gasp and say what a sinful person he is.

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

If Thompson is the best option, the Democratic party is Kansas is in much worse shape that I thought.

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