Monday, April 17, 2017

In Kansas the Voters Send a Message to Trump and the Republicans – We Don’t Like You

Republican Wins Special Election In Solidly Republican District – But It Took a Major Effort

Kansas is about as Republican  as you can get.  So a special election to elect a Congressman in a District that Trump carried by 27 points should not have been news  or a problem.  But it was.  An unknown, underfunded Democrat came within 8 points of winning and only lost because of a massive late infusion of money and outsiders into the race.

With 99 percent of ballots counted, Estes led Democrat James Thompson, a lawyer making his first bid for office, by 8 points. Last year, Pompeo won reelection by 31 points in a race Democrats did not seriously contest.
“I probably shouldn’t say this, Mr. Estes did not beat us,” said Thompson at his election-night party. “It took a president of the United States, the vice president, the speaker of the House, a senator coming into our state, and a bunch of lies to try and drum up a vote.”

Next up is a special election in a district outside Atlanta that is also solidly Republican.  The Democratic candidate will probably force a runoff election in June and then lose.  But as America learns what they are doing,  the Republicans look like the best thing to happen to Democratic party prospects in years.

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