WASHINGTON- GOP efforts to maintain control of the Kansas Congressional seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo proved successful.
State Treasurer Ron Estes on Tuesday defeated Democratic challenger and prominent civil rights attorney James Thompson 53 percent to 46 percent.
The National Republican Congressional Committee in the final days of the contest spent $92,000 to boost Estes.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both made robocalls in favor of Estes and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned with the candidate on Monday.
Trump on Wednesday submitted a Tweet celebrating Estes’ victory.
Great win in Kansas last night for Ron Estes, easily winning the Congressional race against the Dems, who spent heavily & predicted victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2017
Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District, which is located in the south-central region of the state, is safely Republican and has not been represented by a Democrat since 1995.
But recent polls suggested that Democrats had a reasonable chance of picking up the seat and many political pundits argued that the contest would be a referendum on President Trump’s first eleven weeks in office.
Trump has faced criticism for issuing two temporary travel bans that were struck down by federal courts as discriminatory in nature. The new administration also has faced criticism due to allegations that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with high-ranking Russian officials.
Pompeo vacated the seat late in January after having occupied it for six years.
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.