President Donald Trump on Sunday night accused news organizations of downplaying the special congressional election in Kansas after the Republican candidate won — and suggested the same will happen in the upcoming Georgia special election.
"The recent Kansas election [Congress] was a really big media event, until the Republicans won," he tweeted. "Now they play the same game with Georgia-BAD!"
Interest was high in the recent race in Kansas and the upcoming one in Georgia because they represented unexpectedly close battles for House seats long and easily held by Republicans.
In last week’s race, Democrat James Thompson lost to Republican Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes by about 7 percentage points in the heavily Republican Fourth District. They were vying to replace Mike Pompeo, Trump’s CIA director.
Pompeo and Trump had both won the district easily in November.
In Tuesday’s election in Georgia’s Sixth District, any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote will win the race outright. The election will go into a runoff between the top two vote-getters if no candidate reaches 50 percent.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is one of 18 candidates, has been causing a stir in the district, which was left vacant following the appointment of Tom Price as Health and Human Services secretary.