- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2017

In the first test of his presidential coattails, President Trump is urging Kansas voters in a robocall to vote for Republican Ron Estes in a special election to be held on Tuesday.

“Hello. This is President Donald Trump, and I have something big to tell you,” the call informs voters. “On Tuesday, Republican Ron Estes needs your vote and needs it badly.”

The president said Mr. Estes “is a conservative leader who is going to work with me to make America great again. Ron is going to be helping us, big league. But I need Republicans like Ron Estes to help me get the job done.”

Mr. Estes, the Kansas state treasurer since 2011, is running against Democrat James Thompson for the seat held formerly by Mike Pompeo, who was tapped by Mr. Trump to become CIA director.

Mr. Trump won the congressional district last fall by 27 percentage points, but the race is considered close. Vice President Mike Pence also recorded a call for Mr. Estes in recent days, and national Republican campaign committees have poured money into the race in its closing days.

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