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Republican Ron Estes will take his seat in Congress Tuesday after Kansas officials certified his victory in the state's special election.

Gov. Sam Brownback, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker on Monday certified the results in the race for Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat, the first congressional special election in Kansas since 1950. 

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A Republican state senator from Pittsburg will become the next treasurer for Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Jake LaTurner on Tuesday to serve the rest of Ron Estes’ term now that Estes is headed to Congress.

The governor says LaTurner, now 29, became the youngest sitting member of the Kansas Legislature when he was elected five years ago to represent Senate District 13 in the southeast corner of the state.

Before that, LaTurner worked for Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. He said at a press briefing Tuesday that politics is the family business.

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Following his close win in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, Ron Estes on Wednesday named two members of his leadership team.

Former finance director Josh Bell will serve as chief of staff and former Estes deputy campaign manager Debbie Luper will be district director. The district has a local office in Wichita.

Estes said after his win Tuesday that his staff will be a mix of new hires and some former Mike Pompeo employees.

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Local and national media watched as returns came in during Tuesday night's election. A surprise strong showing for the Democratic candidate may signify a slight shift in a traditionally Republican state.

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State Treasurer Ron Estes won the election to become the next Republican Congressman to represent the 4th District in Kansas. Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by fewer than 10 percentage points, unofficial poll numbers show. Libertarian Chris Rockhold was also on the ballot and drew 2 percent of the vote.

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Conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a stop in Wichita to campaign for Republican Ron Estes in Kansas' special congressional election.

Around 200 people gathered at Yingling Aviation for a rally before Tuesday's election. Estes is running against Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold for the 4th District House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who resigned to head the CIA.

Cruz joined Estes for a press conference before the rally, where he urged Republicans to vote for the state treasurer in what has become a competitive race.

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Voters in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District head to the polls next week to pick their new representative. Mike Pompeo resigned from Congress in January when he became CIA director.

Political committees and groups have heavily bolstered Republican Ron Estes' campaign coffers for a congressional seat the GOP has held for two decades in south-central Kansas, while Democrat James Thompson has raised more in grass-roots contributions, campaign finance filings show.

The race for the House seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory. The special election is April 11.

Three candidates vying to become the next member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District took part in a forum at KWCH-TV in Wichita Tuesday night.

The 30-minute forum was the first time all three candidates participated together. Republican Ron Estes, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Democrat James Thompson answered questions on such topics as health care, terrorism, immigration and the federal budget.

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A forum was held Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita between two of the three candidates looking to fill the seat former congressman and current CIA director Mike Pompeo vacated in Kansas' 4th District.

Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold participated. Republican Ron Estes, although he had confirmed to take part, was absent due to a conflict.

The candidates commented on the budget, school funding, race issues and the Affordable Care Act.

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