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Are You Voting In The Special Election?

Carla Eckels
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A special election is taking place on Tuesday, April 11, in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Voters will decide on which candidate will replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo. KMUW’s Carla Eckels went downtown to find out if Wichitans are voting or not.

Knowledge of the special election

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Ed Manning and Kevin Davis

Ed Manning says he’s familiar with the special election and plans to vote. He says he knows the name of one of the three candidates, Democrat James Thompson.

However, Kevin Davis says he won’t say the race is predetermined, but he says the options aren’t that broad.

Undecided about voting in special election

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Lynde Russell

Lynde Russell says she doesn’t know if she is going to vote. She’s unsure of what the special election is all about. She did recall seeing the name of Republican candidate Ron Estes during the campaign.

Importance of voting

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Mike Roach

Mike Roach says he didn’t know about all three candidates – Libertarian Chris Rockhold, Republican Ron Estes and Democrat James Thompson. He thought there were only two. He says voting is important because we have to represent ourselves. He says if you don’t vote, why would you be able to object to what a candidate might do, or might not do, in office. Roach says it’s important that we have this capacity to vote for our congressman. He says it’s also nice that our former congressman Mike Pompeo is serving in President Trump’s cabinet.

Took advantage of early voting

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Cornell Dilworth

Cornell Dilworth took advantage of early voting. He says he knows he lives in a “red” state but wants to do all he can to exercise his right to vote.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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