GOP Holds Kansas House Seat As Democrat's Surprise Upset Bid Falls Short

GOP Holds Kansas House Seat As Democrat's Surprise Upset Bid Falls Short

Estes had double his campaign cash. But just five months ago, Trump won the district by 27 percentage points, a sharp turnaround driven by an energized Democratic base looking to strike back against Trump - and Kansas' unpopular Republican governor, Sam Brownback. Previously held by Republican Ryan Zinke, who later joined the Trump administration to be Interior Secretary, the seat will be the focus of Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist, and Libertarian Mark Wick.

But no major national Democratic figures comparable to Cruz parachuted into the district to campaign, nor did Democratic groups match the financial resources of the Republicans. And despite the actual results, he tweeted Wednesday morning that Estes "easily" won the race, even though the Democrats "spent heavily" and "predicted victory". By contrast, $148,000 (88 percent) of Thompson's donations were small-dollar donations.

It's more tactical than that: What a special election really does is test the national parties.

Since Bill Clinton won the White House in 1992, there have been seven House special elections before or during the first 100 days of a president's term.

What's more, the Kansas race featured just three candidates while Georgia's race has 18 candidates sharing the same stuffy ballot. Last week a poll from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees the GOP's House campaigns, showed Estes ahead by single digits.

"Republican Ron Estes needs your vote and needs it badly", Trump said in the minute-long call. This should worry Republicans. While Republicans were exaggerating, Democrats were doing what they too often do: blaming Republicans for effectiveness Democrats can't seem to replicate. When Perez ran for party chairman earlier this year, he pledged to implement a 50-state strategy to build up the party. But they did not invest.

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"Republicans in the era of Trump have a problem even with Trump voters in the suburbs", said Jesse Ferguson, a former strategist for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"I think if we had had more help early on, we may have been able to win it, but it's hard to tell because it's such a short time period and trying to get the word out, it's kind of hard to know".

Two Republicans strategists familiar with polling data in two of the special election races say the main problem is not that independents and moderate voters have swung en masse to Democrats. Thompson's campaign requested the television station pull the ad it asserts is "outright false". Races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey next fall could also provide a window into Trump's popularity.

The contest showed the massive shift in the electorate since voters elected Donald Trump President in November.

That said, all politics is local - especially in low-turnout special elections.

"Due to the failure of House Republicans to pass repeal and replace, we have not proven we can transform ourselves from an opposition party to a governing party", said the GOP House member.

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