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The Kansas Special Election No One is Watching (And Why it Matters)

The race to replace Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s CIA director, is being held in Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District this week…

By NTK Staff | 04.10.2017 @2:30pm
The Kansas Special Election No One is Watching (And Why it Matters)

President Trump’s decision to tap Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to serve as CIA Director has triggered a special election in Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District, which is taking place Tuesday.

While this race has not received nearly the press attention that the contest in GA-06 or even the Montana at-large race has, the outcome will be no less significant.

The contest is between state Treasurer Ron Estes, a Republican, and attorney and veteran Jim Thompson, a Democrat. Chris Rockhold is also on the ballot as a Libertarian candidate. The KS-04 district covers south-central Kansas, including Wichita.

CNN breaks down why the race in the usually safe Republican district is so close:

An energized Democratic base has left Estes with a much smaller advantage in the early vote than Trump had at this stage, operatives there said. Republicans — sensing the bad message even a neck-and-neck race would send as the party recruits House candidates and tries to shepherd conservative legislation to passage on Capitol Hill — are trying to make sure Estes is elected comfortably. It’s also why Democrats are downplaying expectations. If Thompson pulls an absolute stunner, though, it’ll send shock waves throughout the political world.

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