Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas, fended off an uncommon main problem Tuesday night time, beating… Ron Estes.
Estes gained the race after being confronted with a challenger who spent little or no cash however did have the ability of identify similarity. Ron M. Estes, a first-time candidate with no political group, described himself as “The Actual Ron Estes” within the lead-up to Tuesday night time.
“The ‘M” is for ‘Merica!” an advert for the challenger learn.
In an interview with The Kansas Wichita-Eagle, the challenger mentioned he had spent about $2,000 on the race and hadn’t deliberate on spending any extra. A former worker for Boeing, he mentioned it was essential to provide voters one other alternative.
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“We need to exit and supply voters an opportunity to have somebody adequately symbolize them, and never simply comply with the present administration’s agenda,” Estes mentioned.
However Rep. Estes’ marketing campaign was apparently unnerved by the push and despatched out fundraising emails attacking his opponent, saying the M in his center identify stood for “deceptive.”
“This seems to be a coordinated try to mislead voters and undermine our electoral course of. Nevertheless, Rep. Ron Estes stays targeted on decreasing taxes, rising the economic system and combating for common aviation with out being distracted by political video games,” Josh Bell, a spokesman for Rep. Estes, advised the Wichita-Eagle.
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Rep. Estes secured an essential win within the race when Kansas officers allowed him to make use of “Rep.” as a prefix on the poll to differentiate him from his opponent.
Estes was elected to the seat in a particular election in 2017 to switch now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who left the seat vacant when he went to Washington to serve then as CIA Director.
Estes will face Democrat James Thompson in November, who he solely narrowly beat in final 12 months’s particular election.