Estes wins in Cowley County by 13 points

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By Shane Farley
April 12, 2017 - 12:02:13 pm

Republican Ron Estes will be the next Congressman from Kansas following his victory Tuesday in a special election for the fourth district.

Estes won by roughly 10,000 votes over Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights attorney. Unofficial final vote tallies show Estes scored a 7 percent victory over Thompson.

Libertarian Chris Rockhold garnered 2 percent of the vote.

In Cowley County, Estes received 3,179 votes or 56 percent of the vote to 2,422 votes or 43 percent for Thompson. Rockhold finished with just under 1 percent of the vote in Cowley County.

Voter turnout in this county was 29 percent.

Estes carried Sumner County by 27 points on Tuesday.

Estes replaces Mike Pompeo, who left his seat earlier this year to take a job as CIA director under new president Donald Trump. Pompeo had won reelection in November by more than 30 points.

A Democrat last won the fourth district in 1992.

Estes has served as treasurer for the state of Kansas since 2011.

Results in the race are unofficial until vote canvassing can take place in each county.

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