James Thompson announces 2018 bid for Congress

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Tuesday's special Congressional election was close. The Democrat in the race may have lost, but be says it's not the last we'll see of him. 

James Thompson will run again for 4th District seat again in 2018. 

Thompson said Tuesday night that 60-year-old state treasurer Ron Estes only won out of Republican loyalty, and feels a longer campaign is what it will take for him to win next year.

President Trump congratulates Estes on special election win

He had no compliments for his opponent and said that running in 2018 will result in a victory for him and the state of Kansas. He hopes for more support from his party next time. 

"The Democratic party needs to remember that there are more than just a few states that are in play," Thompson said. "They need to make sure that they step up and are up and not wait until the last minute."

Estes arrived for his watch party just before 10 p.m.

Republicans have represented the district since Todd Tiahrt unseated veteran Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman in 1994. Pompeo won the state's 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

Estes says election shows Kansas still GOP state

Estes supported Donald Trump last year and backs the president's policies. He supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, backs funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, opposes funding for Planned Parenthood, and does not believe an independent investigation into Russian hacking of the election is needed.

Results of Kansas special Congressional election

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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