Drama in KS04 Continues as State Senate President May Challenge Estes Next Year

“The lack of enthusiasm from Republicans in yesterday’s election was disconcerting. Susan is focused on serving Kansans as Senate president, but will continue to evaluate how she best serves in the future,” said Wagle’s chief of staff, Harrison Hems.

Estes said Wednesday that he hadn’t heard anything about the possibility of a Wagle run. He said he wasn’t thinking about the 2018 campaign yet.

“Right now, I haven’t even been sworn in yet,” Estes said. “I’m focused on doing the job. That’s the big thing right now.”

Source: Wichita Eagle

The dust hasn’t settled on the contested special election in Kansas and Ron Estes may already face a challenge from State Senate President Susan Wagle. Estes’ relatively poor performance in a district that voted overwhelmingly for Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump has given some Republicans motive to field a challenger, and primaries here aren’t rare. In 2014, Representative Tim Huelskamp faced a primary challenge and won by 10% only to lose by 13% to now-Representative Roger Marshall in last year’s primary. In 2014, Pompeo faced a primary challenge from former representative Todd Tiahrt but beat him by 25%.