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>> I'm James Thompson. I'm running for U.S. Congress and I'm->> From Wichita to Washington, all eyes are on Tuesday's vote in the surprisingly tight race for the Kansas congressional seat vacated by new CIA Chief, Mike Pompeo. Democrat Jim Thompson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, showing strength against Republican Ron Estes.
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>> And the swamp is deeper than we thought.>> Despite almost no support from the national party. John Whitesides is following the race.>> This district in Kansas is an exceedingly conservative district. Trump won it by 30 points. The Republicans have represented it for decades. Thompson's a political newcomer.
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He's been totally under the radar. He's a former Bernie Sanders supporter who you would not think would be a good fit for that district, but he's got a chance.>> The special House election viewed as a bellwether. Democrats hoping the voter anger seen at town halls around the country might help deliver a win.
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The GOP wheeling out its biggest gun, President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, tweeting his support for Estes. He and VP Mike Pence recording robocalls, and GOP fire brand, Ted Cruz, campaigning for Estes in person, saying the eyes of the nation where on the race.>> There's are some local factors that have made it tighter then expected.
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The big one being that Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican, is exceedingly unpopular in the state even though it's a very Republican state. And he's sort of demoralized the Republican grassroots there and made the local and national parties a little worried about how many Republicans are gonna come out.
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>> All this leaving Democrats thinking they could be on the brink of taking a seat they haven't held for 20 years