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Shannon Vavra Apr 12, 2017
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Dems' upset bid in Kansas special election falls short

Bo Rader / Wichita Eagle via AP

Republican Ron Estes won a special election for a typically safe Republican seat in Kansas' 4th District, and will replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the House.

Why it matters:

  • This is the first Congressional election since Trump took office and sets the stage for what could be an even tighter race next week in Georgia.
  • The surprisingly close race had Republicans nervous: Estes led by a 53/46 margin with 99% reporting, but Trump won the district by 27 points and Republicans have held it since 1994.