He's not the one responsible for Republicans plummeting chances.

The last Democrat to win the seat was Nancy Boyda, who was elected in 2006 by defeating seven-term incumbent Republican Jim Ryan.

The article quoted a House GOP strategist who said, "At the end of the day, the national environment has to get better for us not to lose the House".

Maybe. What happens in April 2017 does not mean the same thing will happen in November 2018, when the entire House of Representatives is up for reelection. "We have got to get that under control and not spend more than we bring in". If no one wins 50 percent, a runoff will be held in June.

The 2nd District covers most of eastern Kansas outside the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Thompson, Estes and Libertarian Chris Rockhold are running to replace the former congressman, CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The results of next Tuesday's special election in Georgia's 6th congressional district will likely be more instructive as to the state of public sentiment toward both political parties. And there were no race-specific factors that should have made this an anomaly among congressional elections. And Jon Ossoff, the leading Democrat in the 18-candidate race, has attracted far more fundraising dollars and national attention than the little-known challenger to Estes in Kansas. Second, the state's Republican governor, Sam Brownback, is highly unpopular in state and Thompson campaigned hard on a anti-Brownback narrative. He said that it is remarkable that the Democrats should close the gap by this extent. If Thompson adds a Democratic seat to the House, it would represent an opposite scenario. The margin was much less in a district which has put its confidence in Trump during the November held presidential elections. There is no message to be sent when only a quarter of the electorate bothers to vote.

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"I go into this not expecting any help", Davis said.

Seen through that lens, Thompson's 7-point loss should have Republicans across the country very anxious.

Estes won his spot by less than 7 percent. In 2018, Republicans will be defending 23 seats that Clinton won.

Republicans escaped a special House election in Kansas with a single-digit victory in a district where they have romped in the past, an early warning sign for the GOP at the start of Donald Trumps presidency. This is not remotely a competitive district.

Though it did link to the race's results, the coverage story at the New York Times didn't even deign to tell readers how supposedly close the race was. During each election, they have largely won by double-digit margins. Romney won there by 26 points in 2012, and Trump by 27 points in 2016.

"This should be a wakeup call to the administration and the Republican Congress", the lawmaker said. The reason why Republicans are so concerned about the special elections and 2018 midterms is that Democratic candidates like Ossoff are going back to grassroots local politics.