He is giving Republican state Treasurer Ron Estes a tougher-than-expected race in the 4th District of south-central Kansas.
All those GOP calls prompted Charlene Health, a 52-year-old homemaker and Republican in Belle Plaine, to cast a ballot for Estes. "Obviously, there's still some discussion about Obamacare and repealing and replacing that".
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"I do think Republicans have to pay attention, and I think it would be a big mistake to allow this district to go to Ossoff", Gingrich said, "partly because of the psychology nationally, and partly because once a relatively talented person gets in office, it's really hard to get rid of them".
Readers of the liberal blog Daily Kos also were jumping into the race, donating more than $200,000 to Thompson in the final days. A FiveThirtyEight analysis this week noted, "A Thompson loss of 20 percentage points or less would probably be a good sign for Democrats". All in, the Republicans' margin of victory for the race fell 24 points from the last Kansas congressional seat's last election.
The Daily Kos is encouraging readers to contribute to and make phone calls for Democrat and Wichita civil rights attorney James Thompson.
The Georgia district is similar to others with educated, upscale populations where 2016 Democrat Hillary Clinton either won or narrowly lost while voters re-elected GOP House members.
The leading Democrat in the race is Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer who's become a national hero for many opposed to Trump.
Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, front left, thanks Sen. The Democrat Thompson received 50 percent of the votes in that county, compared to 48 percent for Estes and 2 percent for Rockhold.
Chris Pumpelly, a spokesman for his campaign, said Thompson would run for the seat again in 2018.
In the Atlanta suburbs, local volunteers are out knocking on doors for Republicans, too, but area GOP leader Jason Shepherd is anxious the party isn't as energized as Democrats like Machonis.
Trump himself triggered the special election by naming then-Rep. Price was re-elected with 61.7 percent of the vote in November.
One is Kansas' 4th District, centered in Wichita.
Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor at Fort Hays State University, told the Wichita Eagle that Kansas "Democrats are fired up and they're mobilizing".
"The key question is whether the weakness of Estes tonight was due to his shortcomings as a candidate, the weakness of the state party under Brownback, or a sign of Trump's national unpopularity", he said. Thompson portrayed Estes, the state's treasurer, as a close Brownback ally even though the governor never publicly endorsed Estes.
A spokesman James Thompson says the first time candidate "shocked the entire country" Tuesday with his strong effort against Republican Ron Estes. This was just one special election, and upcoming special elections in Georgia and Montana will show if Kansas is part of a trend. That precipitated a flood of national GOP campaign activity to save the seat.