The Red Scare in Kansas: Republican Ron Estes Survives 20-Point Democratic Swing in 7-Point Win

Democrats came up just short in their bid to upset the GOP in a special election to replace current CIA director and former U.S. Rep Mike Pompeo in the Kansas 4th Congressional District.


Republican Ron Estes won the election by only a seven-point margin after Pompeo’s margin of victory in the fall was 31 points. As a sign of possible backlash against the GOP, Estes lost the district’s most populous county, around the city of Wichita. President Donald Trump had won that county by 18 points, the Associated Press reported.

The outcome was a major disappointment for Republicans in the traditionally red district. But on the morning after the election, it appears the president was savoring the unimpressive victory.

Nothing in this tweet is remotely true, of course, as it was not an easy win, the Democrats did not invest that much in the race, and no one predicted Estes would lose.Trump had interest in the election mostly because he threw his political weight into the contest by recording a get-out-the-vote call on behalf of Estes.

“Republican Ron Estes needs your vote and needs it badly,” Trump said in the minute-long call. “Our country needs help. Ron is going to be helping us, big league.”

But many voters turned to the Democratic candidate instead, political newcomer James Thompson.

“Republicans nationally should be very worried,” Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist, told the AP. “It’s remarkable that Thompson got this close.”

Now, both of the parties turn their eyes to Georgia where Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff, 30, looks poised to take the seat from Republican Tom Price, who resigned to serve as the head of Trump’s Health and Human Services.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.