Donald Trump won Kansas’ 4th District by 27 points, but a confluence of factors may lead to this otherwise solidly red district turning blue, evidenced by one woman’s story on an NBC News Digital report:
“We talked to a woman who votes for the Democrat, [she] said her husband always votes for the Republican and cancels her out. But today, he wasn’t enthusiastic about the election and decided not to show up.”
This lack of Republican enthusiasm has created a perfect storm for Democrats.
Donald Trump is extremely unpopular nationally, barely holding on to a 40% approval rating. Worse yet, Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback is even more unpopular, touting an abysmal 27% approval rating at home and has been ranked as the “worst Governor in America.”
Finally, with Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the White House, and having just confirmed a Supreme Court justice, Republicans – just like the husband of the woman that NBC News Digital reported on – may not feel the urgency to vote in an otherwise insignificant Special Election.
A heavily active Democratic base is already looking ahead to the 2018 midterm elections, and the Kansas Special Election will be a bellwether for just that. As a referendum on a failing Republican party, Kansas is the first of many states to have their voices heard in Washington.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.