Estes defeated civil rights lawyer James Thompson by seven percentage points, suggesting some backlash against Republicans since November. "That means Democrats will need to swipe at least a handful of districts carried by Mitt Romney four years ago to win control, and that is a huge, uphill fight for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee".
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.
Democrats are hoping to be more successful in next week's Georgia special election and pick up the Congressional seat that was vacated in February by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
Last year, the Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo (now the president's Central Intelligence Agency director) won re-election by more than 30 points.
In the 4th District, Estes had 53 percent of the vote and Thompson had 45 percent.
A loss - in one of the 100 most Republican-leaning districts in the country, according to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voting Index scores, which measure presidential-election performance against the national average - would have been devastating for the GOP and particularly for Trump, who already in his young presidency has had trouble wrangling lawmakers to vote for administration priorities like the repeal of Obamacare. This seat has been solidly Republican since 1995 and Republicans outraised Thompson by $167,000. But Republicans in Kansas or nationwide who dismiss this as just another close call might do so at their peril.
But progressives were critical of the party for letting the race play out without a major investment. Perhaps Democrats didn't call on them out of the realization that they probably wouldn't have persuaded more Democrats to cast ballots or persuade more Republicans to help elect a Democrat. Thompson, is spending the final day of campaigning before Tuesday's election talking directly to voters.
The contest began with Pompeo's January 23 departure from Congress, which attracted little national attention until the start of April.
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It and another close congressional race in Republican territory in the state of Georgia next week, could portend tough election battles for the president's party in 2018. Both parties treated it as such and that's how the voters perceived it.
But in Topeka, the state capital, he became associated with a Republican governing team that has presided over a weak economic recovery and a series of budget deficits. "It's a disaster. It's just not fair". But due to changing demographics in the state and anti-Trump sentiments, it appears to be that Democratic candidate may pull it off. Also in 2016, Trump won the district by 27 points.
The Democratic Party, meanwhile, underwent an evolution of its own. In 2018, Republicans will be defending 23 seats that Clinton won.
And Democratic officials, who initially saw the race as a long-shot, finally seem to be warming to that idea. But the antiabortion McKinney lost a tight party contest to the pro-abortion rights, economically populist Thompson.
With 94% of the precincts counted, Estes led Thompson by 52% to 46%.
How does Donald Trump address a massive fall off in his support that almost cost the Republicans a seat in one of the reddest of red districts?
But many voters turned to the Democratic candidate instead, political newcomer James Thompson.