For those of you who are political junkies like me you probably followed April 11th’s election in the fourth congressional district in Kansas. This was the first election that would show the world how President Trump’s low approval numbers and Republican’s inability and reluctance to distance themselves from the unpopular president.
The remarkable thing for this election is that we are only four months into the Trump presidency, and the election in a district that was easily won in November by 30 points became a competitive race won by only seven points. For those of you who are not good at math that is a 23 point drop. Granted you have to take into account that in November the Candidate was an incumbent and on Tuesday’s election no candidate had the incumbency advantage. Although Ron Estes, the republican candidate, was a two term state treasurer with clear name recognition and track record with Kansas citizens. While James Thompson, the democratic candidate, had very little name recognition and no track record. And in special election that are only a few months long established name recognition is everything because there is little time to build that with the voter base.