Ron Estes

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Four Republican members of the Kansas Congressional delegation plan to object when Congress meets Wednesday to certify the Electoral College.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Estes will stay in Congress after winning re-election Tuesday night in Kansas’ 4th District.

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Another member of the Estes family will represent Kansans as Susan Estes won her race for a seat in the Kansas House.

Estes, a former teacher, is married to U.S. Congressmen Ron Estes, who also won his race Tuesday night.

Susan Estes defeated Democratic challenger Matt Fox, a middle school teacher and wrestling coach in Douglass, with 56% of the vote.

The seat is part of the 125-member Kansas House of Representatives. District 87 represents portions of east Wichita.

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In south-central Kansas, Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Estes is seeking a second full term representing a district he won easily in 2018 with almost 60% of the vote.

His message to voters: "Keep Kansas red."

But his Democratic challenger, trade specialist Laura Lombard, says this year's election is much different — because the issues are much different. And she's hopeful she can turn the 4th Congressional District blue for the first time in more than two decades.

Here's where Estes and Lombard stand on some of the biggest issues in this year's election.

The two candidates running for Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday night hosted by KMUW and KWCH Channel 12. Republican Rep. Ron Estes and Democratic candidate Laura Lombard were asked to share their positions on issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana laws, and, of course, the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on the economy.

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TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Ron Estes of Wichita has endorsed state treasurer Jake LaTurner over incumbent Steve Watkins in the 2nd District congressional race.

Estes cited the three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge filed against Watkins this week. He said Watkins' eastern Kansas seat will be in danger if he wins the GOP primary.

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Editor's note: This story was updated on Oct. 2 to include comments from Sen. Jerry Moran. 

The state’s four congressional representatives and Sen. Jerry Moran have weighed in after this week’s announcement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the House of Representatives will move forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is one of several Republicans who expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s declaration Friday of a national emergency to fund construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

On what threatens to become the longest government shutdown in history, Kansas Republican representatives tend to agree — Democrats are to blame. 

It's the third week of the shutdown, which came after Democrats and Republicans in the Senate failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill that would allocate $5 billion for a border wall. That means it's the third consecutive week thousands of federal workers across the country have gone without pay.

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Republican Rep. Ron Estes won his re-election bid Tuesday for Kansas' 4th Congressional seat. 

Unofficial numbers show Estes beat Democratic challenger James Thompson with 60 percent of the vote over Thompson’s 40 percent.

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