Special Election

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Coverage of the April 11 special election to fill Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat, which has been vacant since Republican former Rep. Mike Pompeo resigned to head the CIA under President Donald Trump.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

The congressional election happening in south-central Kansas next week is getting national attention.

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A special election is taking place on Tuesday, April 11, in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Voters will decide on which candidate will replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo. KMUW’s Carla Eckels went downtown to find out if Wichitans are voting or not.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

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.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

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.

The three candidates in the special election were chosen at their respective party nominating conventions in February.

The Democratic Party has chosen James Thompson as their candidate. The Wichita civil rights lawyer beat out four other hopefuls for the nomination.

Deborah Shaar/KMUW

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.

The three candidates in the special election were chosen at their respective party nominating conventions in February.

Libertarians nominated Chris Rockhold as their candidate; the former pilot and current FlightSafety International instructor beat out two other hopefuls for the nomination.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Advanced voting continues in Sedgwick County, with early voting centers opening this week. Voters will determine which candidate will fill the seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says early voting centers will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before next week’s special election.

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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Polling site changes will make it more confusing for more than 36,000 registered voters to cast a ballot in the race to fill the House seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The April 11 election in Kansas falls during Holy Week, the annual Christian observance leading up Easter Sunday. The timing has bedeviled election officials because many of polling locations are in churches and some were unavailable on short notice for the special election.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office will begin mailing out advance voting ballots today for the 4th Congressional District special election.

The winner will replace Mike Pompeo, who stepped down from the U.S. House of Representatives to fill his new position as CIA director. The election will be the first congressional election to take place since Donald Trump became president. Many are considering the race to be an early test of the new president’s agenda.

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