The Latest: Liberal blog’s readers jump into Kansas race | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the special election for a Kansas House seat (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Readers of a liberal blog have donated more than $200,000 in less than a week to the Democratic candidate in a special congressional election in Kansas.

The Daily Kos is encouraging readers to contribute to and make phone calls for Democrat and Wichita civil rights attorney James Thompson. He is giving Republican state Treasurer Ron Estes a tougher-than-expected race in the 4th District of south-central Kansas.

Democratic National Committee member and Daily Kos member Chris Reeves said Tuesday that the blog set up its donation site last week. A tally Tuesday morning showed more than 12,600 donors to Thompson.

It is the first special congressional election since President Donald Trump’s election.

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

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10:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is having an impact on voters in Kansas’ special Congressional election.

Thomas Hauser, a 67-year-old Belle Plaine resident and traditionally a Republican says he voted for Democrat James Thompson on Tuesday, in part because they share a military background. But he also said he didn’t vote for Trump in the presidential election because he doesn’t “believe in the party line.”

David Carron, a 50-year-old Republican from Belle Plaine, showed up to vote in his Army uniform. He said he and his wife, Crystal, voted for Republican Ron Estes “just to support Trump.” He says he wants to see if the GOP “can get something done” with Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.

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9:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump says a “wonderful guy” is running for Congress whose help he needs to overhaul the health care and tax systems.

Trump tweeted Tuesday about Republican Ron Estes, who is vying…

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