The Democrats lost a chance to celebrate a victory, and the Republicans continued to enjoy their three branch victory lap in Washington. Republican Ron Estes won a special election last week in the Fourth District of Kansas to replace the former representative, Mike Pompeo. He was named earlier this year to serve as the Director of the CIA by President Trump.
The Democratic party had hoped to score an anti-Trump victory in the district that Pompeo had won last November with 60% of the vote. Their candidate came up short, but they took some comfort in the fact that it was a much narrower margin of victory than expected in this special election. Many Republicans were not happy with the amount of effort the Republican House leaders gave in the campaign. House speaker, Paul Ryan, spent the week on vacation at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The weight of the campaign was left with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to work on behalf of Estes in the district on the day before the vote.
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“I’m glad to welcome Ron Estes to the 115th Congress, and I look forward to working with him to solve the challenges facing our country,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement after the win. Ryan concluded by saying: “Ron has been deeply involved in his community for years and I’m confident he will be a strong voice for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C. Whether in the manufacturing industry or in public office, Ron has always worked to improve efficiency and find savings. Kansans are fortunate to have this committed public servant representing them in Congress, and I’d like to offer my full congratulations to Ron and his entire family on his victory.”
The Republican National Committee Chairwomen, Ronna Romney McDaniel, who replaced Reince Priebus, responded to the win, “I want to congratulate Ron Estes on his victory. President Trump called on Kansans to send Ron Estes to Washington to help Republicans cut taxes and fix healthcare and tonight that’s what they did. While Democrats are desperate to recover from their losses in November, Kansas voters reaffirmed that Republicans, under the leadership of President Trump, remain best equipped to solve the needs of Americans across the country.”
However, all eyes are now turning to a contested election in Georgia that some are saying will end the Trump honeymoon.
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