What does the near miss in the Kansas congressional election Tuesday mean for Republicans? Donald Trump took the state by 31 points in November, but a newby politician nearly swept the first race since Trump’s election. He lost by a mere seven points, which verges on the miraculous and forecasts a possible Democratic slam dunk in the next election.
If the special congressional election in Kansas indicated how the whole country was shifting, according to the Washington Post, this is what the House would look like in 2018.
Although Trump’s Wednesday tweet called the Kansas 4th Congressional District “a great win,” it was not. The seat opened up after Mike Pompeo became the president’s CIA director. Like Trump, Pompeo won by a landslide, 30 points just last year.
Should the Kansas slide to a Democratic win carry throughout the country, Republicans would have to reconsider what they consider deep red states. Those states could become very blue very fast.
Alabama will hold a special election next week, according to the Washington Post, to replace Republican Tom Price who became Trump’s new Director Of Health And Human Services. Price served as a representative for the state’s 6th District.
This will be another test election, and pundits suspect Democrats may flat-out win that race. When deep red states flip, Democrats may take back the House and possibly the Senate, in spite of outrageous gerrymandering by the Republicans.
Texas Republicans have been sharpening their gerrymandering skills to prevent minorities from turning out at the polls, because these voters tend to side with Democrats. The Lone Star state’s congressional districts ended up looking like strange creatures from two miles beneath the ocean’s surface.
Secretary of State for Kansas Kris Kobach has helped a number of other states rewrite their voter ID laws. He said this was to avoid voter fraud. However, experts question the validity of that claim. The Wichita Eagle reported the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says the 2011 law:
‘May have been written and implemented with improper, discriminatory intent.’
In spite of Republican attempts to disenfrance voters, the sunflower state threw them a scare Tuesday.
Kansas does not bode well for the Republicans. Even though they won, they may indeed be losing big.
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H/T: Washington Post.