Special Election

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Coverage of the April 11 special election to fill Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat, which has been vacant since Republican former Rep. Mike Pompeo resigned to head the CIA under President Donald Trump.

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Republican Ron Estes will take his seat in Congress Tuesday after Kansas officials certified his victory in the state's special election.

Gov. Sam Brownback, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker on Monday certified the results in the race for Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat, the first congressional special election in Kansas since 1950. 

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Counties across the 4th Congressional District in Kansas today are certifying votes cast in last week’s special election.

Unofficial election results show Democratic candidate James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold lost to Republican Ron Estes' 53 percent of the vote in the race for the 4th District seat.

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Following his close win in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, Ron Estes on Wednesday named two members of his leadership team.

Former finance director Josh Bell will serve as chief of staff and former Estes deputy campaign manager Debbie Luper will be district director. The district has a local office in Wichita.

Estes said after his win Tuesday that his staff will be a mix of new hires and some former Mike Pompeo employees.

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Local and national media watched as returns came in during Tuesday night's election. A surprise strong showing for the Democratic candidate may signify a slight shift in a traditionally Republican state.

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State Treasurer Ron Estes won the election to become the next Republican Congressman to represent the 4th District in Kansas. Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by fewer than 10 percentage points, unofficial poll numbers show. Libertarian Chris Rockhold was also on the ballot and drew 2 percent of the vote.

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A special election is underway in Sedgwick County to determine who will fill the seat in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. The seat has been vacant since Mike Pompeo was appointed CIA director in January.


At the close of early voting Monday, 23,000 people in Sedgwick County had cast a ballot.

“It has been a steady turnout," says Lauren Bianco with the Sedgwick County Elections office. "Not overwhelming, but a steady turnout at the polling locations.”

The contest is between Democrat James Thompson, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Republican Ron Estes.

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Today, a special election will take place to decide who will replace Mike Pompeo in Kansas’ 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a stop in Wichita to campaign for Republican Ron Estes in Kansas' special congressional election.

Around 200 people gathered at Yingling Aviation for a rally before Tuesday's election. Estes is running against Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold for the 4th District House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who resigned to head the CIA.

Cruz joined Estes for a press conference before the rally, where he urged Republicans to vote for the state treasurer in what has become a competitive race.

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Early voting is underway in Sedgwick County for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District special election, and with it comes the introduction of new voting machines.

This story originally aired on March 28, 2017

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says citizens will still have an option to vote either by paper ballot or electronically.

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On Tuesday, voters in south-central Kansas will be the first in the nation to decide a congressional race in the age of Trump. The special election in the Kansas 4th District will replace Mike Pompeo, who now leads the CIA.

It’s a district that would, under normal circumstances, be considered a lock for the Republican candidate. But of course, these are not normal times, and resources are flooding into the district from left and right.