Kansas Democratic Party picks James Thompson as nominee for 4th District race

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Kansas Democratic Party voted Saturday for James Thompson to be the party's nominee for the 4th District Special Election.

Thompson will face Republican Ron Estes in the special election on April 11.

Thompson defeated four other candidates vying for the nomination Saturday. After the first round of voting, the race was narrowed down to Thompson and Dennis McKinney.

In order to win, Thompson needed 20 votes. He received 21 to McKinney's 18, officially securing the nomination.

The seat in the U.S. House of Representatives opened when former Congressman Mike Pompeo was confirmed as Director of the C.I.A.

A Democrat has not represented the 4th District since 1995, when Todd Tiahrt took office after beating Democrat incumbent Dan Glickman in the 1994 midterm.