Fourth District Republicans meet to choose congressional candidate

(AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The first step toward filling the congressional seat vacated by Kansas Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo got underway Thursday night when delegates to the Kansas Republican Party began meeting. The party will decide who will represent the party in a special election in April.

A total of 126 delegates from each of the 17 counties in the fourth congressional district met Thursday night at Friends University to cast their ballots on who they think will best represent the party in a special election scheduled for April 11.

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says each of the candidates who are vying for the seat have five minutes to convince the delegates they’re the best person for the job.

Arnold stressed that this election is a historic one for Kansas for the state of Kansas.

“This truly is, we have not had an opportunity since 1952 to have a special election here in Kansas to replace a congressman,” Arnold said.

Arnold said Thursday night’s winner will need to get 51 percent of the delegates’ votes.  That amounts to 64 votes.

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