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Rep. Estes Gets to Be ‘Rep. Estes’ on Kansas Primary Ballot
Estes faces a GOP primary challenger also named Ron Estes

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes will be able to use the prefix “Rep.” on the GOP primary ballot in August to differentiate himself from another Republican candidate named Ron Estes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes will get to use his representative title on the ballot for the state’s Republican primary in August.

But if the congressman wins, he will not be allowed to use “Rep.” on the general election ballot, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Democrat Plays a Little Gamesmanship in the Ron Estes vs. Ron Estes Primary

Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kan., has requested to use the prefix "Rep." on the GOP primary ballot in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democrat is sowing more chaos into the GOP primary battle between Kansas Rep. Ron Estes and his opponent, Ron M. Estes.

Laura Lombard, one of the two top Democrats running to unseat the incumbent Estes in Kansas’ 4th District, filed a request with the State Objections Board to remove the “Rep.” prefix from the congressman’s name on the primary ballot, saying the title violates state law.

Rep. Ron Estes Faces Primary Challenge From Ron Estes
Incumbent’s campaign says challenger with same name is making an ‘attempt to deceive Kansas voters’

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in May. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of Republican Rep. Ron Estes’ primary opponent in Kansas’ 4th District is Ron Estes, and that doesn’t mean he’s running against himself.

The non-congressman Ron M. Estes announced Thursday he would challenge the elected Estes, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Halftime for Special Election Bragging Rights
As South Carolina votes Tuesday, neither side in Trump referendum fight has an edge

This year’s special elections could be a more reliable bellwether of President Donald Trump’s effect on the political landscape, Hawkings writes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the many ways sports and politics are alike is that the “expectations game” is central to both.

The incessant boasting and trash talk by the players makes great theater, but no difference in the outcome of any match or any election. Over time, however, critical masses of paying customers will start shifting their passions elsewhere if the advance histrionics and the eventual outcomes don’t occasionally match.

Trump Hits Georgia Democratic Candidate, Media in Tweets
Jon Ossoff calls president ‘misinformed’ after being slammed as ‘super liberal’

President Donald Trump warned about Democrat Jon Ossoff’s positions on immigration, taxes, and criminal justice in the Georgia special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Tom Price. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | President Donald Trump kicked off his twelfth week in office by labeling the Democrat in a special Georgia House race as “super liberal” and slamming the media for “slanted” coverage.

Estes a Stalwart but Unflashy Conservative
Kansas congressman-elect should fit comfortably within House GOP mainstream

Kansas Rep.-elect Ron Estes says the House Republican health care bill ”didn’t go far enough.” (Screenshot: Ron Estes for Congress)

Ron Estes, who eked out a victory in a surprisingly close special election in Kansas’s 4th District Tuesday, is a stalwart but unflashy conservative with a background in engineering and state finance. 

Estes, the state treasurer of Kansas, succeeds Mike Pompeo who resigned from the House on Jan. 23 to become director of the CIA.

Trump Steps Into Closer-Than-Expected Kansas Special Election
National Republicans have made late investments in heavily GOP district

Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes is the Republican nominee in Tuesday’s 4th District special election. (Courtesy Kansas for Estes Facebook page)

It’s not often that a sitting Republican president, vice president, a former presidential candidate and senator and the speaker of the House make an effort days before a special election to hold what’s supposed to be a safe GOP seat. 

“Today, the eyes of the whole country are on Kansas,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said at a Monday rally for state Treasurer Ron Estes, the GOP nominee in the 4th District.

Red Alert: GOP Chances Slide in Two Special Elections
Georgia’s 6th and Kansas’ 4th move in Democrats’ direction

Democrat Jon Ossoff, right, raised an eye-catching $8.3 million in the first quarter for his campaign for Georgia’s 6th District open seat. (Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress Facebook page)

Republicans might be riding high after Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, but reality could come crashing down on the GOP in two upcoming special elections. 

On April 18, voters will go to the polls in Georgia’s 6th District, vacated by Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Donald Trump narrowly carried the district over Hillary Clinton in the suburban Atlanta seat last fall, but it’s a traditionally Republican seat.

Democrat in Race for Pompeo’s Seat Beefing With Party
Campaign manager slams party for not doing more despite big deficit in poll

The campaign manager for Democrat James Thompson said the state party should be doing more to help their candidate. (James Thompson for Kansas Facebook)

The special election for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District has caused an open feud between the Democratic candidate and his state party.

James Thompson has a beef with the state party after it refused to give his campaign $20,000, the Wichita Eagle reported. Thompson’s campaign said it wanted to use the money for mailers, but the party’s executive committee voted against the request, saying it didn’t have the money.