Kansas special election is seen as a barometer of Democrat motivation

Joseph Ashby, talk show host and Congressional candidate in Kansas’ 4th district, talked with Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere on “Pat and Stu” about the recent special election in Kansas and how it may be a good indication of the new excitement among Democrats following the election of President Donald Trump. Former state treasurer Ron Estes won the seat that Mike Pompeo vacated when he became the new CIA Director.

Stu noted that the media has framed this special election as “anti-Trump,” even though Trump has never been much of a factor in his district, with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) beating him by 35 points in the primary. Joseph claimed that the people in Kansas are more concerned with the budget and education spending than what is happening in Washington.

Estes won the House seat over his Democrat opponent by a only small margin, compared to the 31 point victory commanded by now CIA Director Pompeo just last November. In Kansas’ current political climate, it is thought he likely didn’t have the charisma to rally the Republican base.

“Special elections are about who’s got the more motivated base,” Ashby concluded. “The Democrats are breathing fire, ready to go to the polls.”

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