|Ron Estes (Republican)||52.5%||63,505|
|James Thompson (Democratic)||45.7%||55,310|
|Chris Rockhold (Libertarian)||1.7%||2,082|
|Write In (Unaffiliated)||0.1%||90|
A few more votes trickled in for Sedgwick, Butler. looks like final tally now 63505 for Estes, 55310 for Thompson, giving Estes a 6.8% win. Still higher (slightly) than Brownback in 2014, but less than a fourth of Trump's margin last year.
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Sedgwick is all in, and Estes almost won despite losing the early vote by a big margin. With pretty much everything now in, Estes finishes with an 8.3% victory. Trump won this district by 27, Brownback by about 6.6%.
More of Sedgwick in, Estes edge by % shrinks a bit, but his lead will not be reversed.
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With that out of the way, Harvey is all in, Sedgwick nearing the end.
Sumner is all in.
Race already called, Estes overtakes Thompson now in Harvey.
It's over. Sedgwick keeps coming in better and better for Estes. We have called the race for Ron Estes.
Estes edge continues to climb as we add in Barber
Estes now at a 3100 vote lead and 4.2% edge as Butler fully reports.
Latest batch from Sedgwick not helping Thompson any, now trailing by 3%, 2300 votes (typo all said Estes earlier)
Estes now in the lead, 31,285 to 31,002 49.4%-48.9%
Down to 199 votes lead for Thompson.
Sedgwick is the big one
Thompson lead now down to 847 votes.
Harvey is now getting closer as election day vote rolls in, Estes trails there by 291 votes. Rural counties crawling in
Butler came in BIG for Estes, margin for Thompson now just over 3%
Thompson down to a 3500 vote edge.
As more rural counties report, and same day votes trickle in, Thompson lead has shrunk to just over 4,000 votes.
More votes in from Sedgwick and its roughly a 3k-3k tie on election day.
Results for Harvey rolling in early votes- very good for Thompson, won them 1043 to 703
Pawnee is all in.
With more counties reporting, the margin for Thompson continues to slide, now below 60%. We estimate that most of the vote has yet to be counted, so Estes has room to climb ahead. But early votes like what we saw out of Sedgwick all but eliminate any chance Estes has of getting a landslide win.
With more counties reporting their early votes (and some precincts), Thompson lead down a tick.
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Initial votes out of Sedgwick give Thompson 61% of the vote. These are EARLY ballots. Wow.
Polls have closed and we are awaiting the first results.
Welcome one and all to DDHQ's coverage of the KS04 special. Polls close in a little over 20 minutes. We will update results and tallies above, but refresh for calls, county observations and the like.
Today, voters decide who will fill the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Pompeo won the district by over thirty points in 2016, and President Trump carried it by 27, but Republicans have scrambled to avoid a potentially close race. Ron Estes is still favored to win over James Thompson, but the latter has put up a strong fight. Polls close at 8pm EDT, and we expect the first results will roll in shortly thereafter. We are also going to try to run a rough estimate of the vote remaining. Precinct counts don’t really reveal what share of the vote is in or not, and since so much of the vote is concentrated in one county (Sedgwick), this could be useful for those of you following along to get a better sense of where things stand.