Pro-Lifers win Kansas 4, first of special elections

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director

Pro-life Kansas state Treasurer Ron Estes (R) with Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director. National Right to Life endorsed Ron Estes in the Kansas 4 special election.

Pro-life Kansas state Treasurer Ron Estes (R) with Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director. National Right to Life endorsed Ron Estes in the Kansas 4 special election.

In a genuine pro-life/pro-abortion contest, state Treasurer Ron Estes (R), who was endorsed by National Right to Life and Kansans for Life, defeated attorney Jim Thompson (D) in the April 11 special general election in Kansas’ 4th congressional district. Estes, who prevailed by a vote of 53% to 46%, replaces former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who became the new CIA director.

The Kansas special election was the first since pro-life Donald Trump was elected President and asked several congressmen to assume Cabinet positions. Still to come are special elections in Georgia 6, Montana at-large, and South Carolina 5.

The National Right to Life Victory Fund phoned nearly 20,000 pro-life voters in the district with information about the differences between pro-life Treasurer Ron Estes and pro-abortion attorney Jim Thompson and to encourage them to vote pro-life. Sharable graphics and articles were posted in social media as well.

The positions between the candidates couldn’t have been more stark. Thompson supports abortion on demand, while Estes is pro-life and opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion.

“Ron reflects genuine Kansas values,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Mary Kay Culp said. “It was not widely known until very late how extreme Mr. Thompson was in his abortion position and when it did become known, he tried to pretend he held different views from those he had clearly stated.”

Thompson was supported by several pro-abortion groups, including the local Planned Parenthood, affiliated with the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Here is a thumbnail sketch of the other three special elections.

Georgia

On April 18, voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district will decide among 18 candidates to replace former pro-life Rep. Tom Price, who is the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

All 18 candidates will run on the same ballot. If no candidates receives 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20 between the top two, regardless of party affiliation.

Pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has raised $8.3 million, is likely to be one of the top two candidates. Ossoff supports abortion on demand, and he supports the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Montana

On May 25, another pro-life/pro-abortion contest will be held in Montana, this time for the at-large seat formerly held by pro-life Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), who is now director of the Department of the Interior.

Greg Gianforte (R), who is pro-life and has been endorsed by National Right to Life, will face musician Rob Quist, who supports unlimited abortion, or as he states on his website, abortion “without exception.”

South Carolina

A special primary election will be held on May 2, to replace pro-life Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), who is now the director of the Office of Management and Budget. If no candidate receives 50% in their primary, a primary runoff will be held on May 16. The special general election will be held between the winners of the primaries on June 20.

Stay tuned for more at www.nationalrighttolifenews.org.