President Trump has recorded a robocall on behalf of Republican congressional candidate Ron Estes for the Kansas 4th special election. Mike Pompeo held the seat until stepping down to assume responsibilities as Director of the Central Intellgence Agency.
The election will be held on April 11, 2017.
In November, Pompeo got twice as many votes as his Democratic challenger so it’s at least interesting that Trump is spending any time stumping in what should be a safe seat in the reddest of red states.
The Kansas GOP says that Trump’s call is going to “tens of thousands.” Not surprisingly, Trump is heard saying Estes will help the country “big league,” that he needs Republicans like Estes in Congress, and that “there’s really few very much more important” elections.
The Democrat in the race is James Thompson, an attorney.
Vice President Mike Pence has also recently made a call for Estes, and Sen. Ted Cruz campaigned in person on Monday.
Polling done in March had Estes way out in front, but Republicans seem concerned for some reason. Low turnout and lack out enthusiasm are always a worry in special elections where strange things can happen.
A pickup here for Democrats would be more than strange, but keeping the race within spitting distance would be an important marker.