Update 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Republican Rep. Ron Estes has won a full term in Congress representing a Wichita-area district he first won in a tight special election last year for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in a heavily Republican district that President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote in 2016. Pompeo won re-election that year by 31 points. Pompeo's resignation to join Trump's administration led to a special election in which Estes defeated Thompson, a civil rights attorney.
Republicans have represented the 17-county southcentral Kansas district since 1994. Estes was the state's former two-term state treasurer.
The campaign was marked by personal attacks, with Estes pushing stories about Thompson's previous brushes with the law and Thompson slamming Estes for accepting donations from political action committees.
Update 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
With 114 of 623 precincts reporting, incumbent, Republican Ron Estes leads challenger, Democrat James Thompson by a little more than 12,000 votes. Numbers show 60,17 votes for Estes and 47,789 for Thompson.
Update 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Early election results show incumbent Ron Estes holding an approximate eight percent lead over challenger, Democrat James Thompson. With 14 of 623 precincts reporting, Estes leads Thompson 46,066 votes to 38,489.
Same faces, new election. In a rematch from a spring 2017 special election, Republican incumbent Ron Estes faces a challenge in Democrat James Thompson in the bid to represent Kansas' Fourth District in the U.S. House.
Incumbent Republican Estes has focused most of his campaign on touting accomplishments he's helped the nation realize over the past year and a half he's served in Congress. In a forum last month , he told voters he "cares deeply about leaving Kansas off for the next generation."
Estes points out the overall strength of the nation's economy and says the Fourth District (including the Wichita area) needs leadership like his to keep the trend continuing upward.
Thompson has argued that Estes has gotten out of touch with the people he represents and says Kansas' Fourth District needs a Congressman "that actually represents the people."
Economically, one issued Thompson addressed in last month's forum dealt with tariffs and a problem with "picking winners and losers," negatively impacting farmers and their ability to move markets overseas.
Estes said he's a big advocate for fair and free trade and spoke confidently of Kansas' manufacturing and agricultural industries and their abilities to compete well across the world. As their party designation indicates, Estes and Thompson don't see eye to eye on several issues, but the overall economic outlook will likely play a major part in which candidate Fourth District voters choose to represent them in Washington, D.C.