Rep. Ron Estes wins GOP primary in 4th District

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Rep. Ron Estes has won the GOP nomination for a congressional seat he first won in a tougher-than-expected special election last year for the Wichita-area seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Kansas congressman complained during this year's GOP primary race that he was the target of a political trick after a candidate who shares his name and hometown filed to run against him in the Republican primary.

The other Ron M. Estes from Wichita on the August ballot describes himself on his website as a first-time candidate and father of two.

Rep. Ron Estes was the former two-term state treasurer.

Previous story by Lily Wu:

The Republican primary ballot shows incumbent Rep. Ron Estes is running against Ron M. Estes.

"It is a little confusing having two similar names on the ballot, so it's good that Kansas state law allows a title to differentiate between the two," said Rep. Ron Estes - (R) Kansas.

First time candidate, Ron M. Estes, said on his website, "he is running because our status quo elected leaders refuse to represent the people of Kansas’ Fourth District ... the incumbent is a perfect representative of 'The Swamp' in Washington, D.C."

Incumbent Rep. Ron Estes has been serving his first term in Congress since April 2017. He won a special election against Democrat James Thompson.

Kansas' Fourth District Congressional seat was previously held by Mike Pompeo, who was nominated by the President to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. He is now the US Secretary of State.

The winner in the primary will move on to the general election, to be held on November 6th.

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