WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans escaped a special House election in Kansas with a single-digit victory in a district where they have won decisively in the past. That’s an early warning sign for the GOP at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The narrow win in Kansas for the seat of CIA Director Mike Pompeo emboldened Democrats ahead of a more competitive special congressional election in Georgia next week. The race in Atlanta’s suburbs could serve as a test of their ability to marshal anti-Trump forces.
Trump’s job approval ratings have hovered around 40 percent, creating unease among Republicans looking to maintain their congressional majorities.
Republicans have had a difficult stretch, with no progress on health care, federal and congressional probes into Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials and contentious GOP town halls.