When Donald Trump became President of the United States, he appointed Mike Pompeo to be Director of the CIA. Pompeo was the Republican US Representative for Kansas’s 4th District. Kansas’ 4th Congressional District encompasses a major south-central portion of the state with the largest major city being Wichita. The district has a strong Republican base with 60% of the vote going for Trump in the November election. Democrat James Thompson is hoping that the anti-Trump hype will be enough to help him defeat Republican Ron Estes in today’s special election to fill the US House seat vacated by Pompeo.
The Democratic Party is hoping to ride a wave of anti-President Donald Trump fervor to win back control of the House in the 2018 midterms.
But several unexpectedly close contests in the coming months could foreshadow how difficult it will be to overcome Republicans’ 44-seat majority.
Democrats are intensely watching four special elections that begin this week to retake House seats vacated by lawmakers who joined the Trump administration. The first comes Tuesday in Kansas, to replace Mike Pompeo, now the director of the CIA.
In the wake of a disastrous 2016 election cycle, Democratic Party leaders pledged to compete harder in state and local races, even in solid-red states.