Trump records robocall for Kansas special election

Trump records robocall for Kansas special election
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE recorded an automated call Monday supporting GOP candidate Ron Estes, who is running in a Tuesday special election to fill the seat left open by Trump CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to a Wichita Eagle report.

Trump won the Wichita-area district by nearly 30 percentage points. But with less than 24 hours before the polls open, Republicans have become worried that Democrat James Thompson could lose the race by a closer-than-expected margin or even win the seat — although that outcome is considered unlikely.

The president joins other top politicians who have boosted Estes in the final stretch of the campaign, including Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Dems blast Trump for 'conflating' Chinese, Russian election interference claims A strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq MORE and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE (R-Texas). 

Republican national committeeman Mark Kahrs told the newspaper that the Estes campaign coordinated with the White House to get the president’s robocall. 


“Hello, this is President Donald Trump, and I have something big to tell you,” Trump says on the recorded call, according to a transcript. 

"Ron is a conservative leader who needs it badly. Ron is a conservative leader who’s going to work with me to make American great again. We’re going to do things really great for our country. Our country needs help, Ron is going to be helping us big league. But I need Republicans like Ron Estes to help me get the job done," Trump continues.

Trump says there are few other elections as "important" as this one, and urges eligible voters to support Estes instead of his Democratic rival James Thompson.