08/05/2014 10:32 pm ET Updated Aug 05, 2014

Mike Pompeo Defeats Todd Tiahrt In Republican Primary


Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has won the Republican primary to represent the state's 4th District, the Associated Press reports.

Pompeo defeated former Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who left office after unsuccessfully running for U.S. Senate in 2010. (Tiahrt lost the Republican primary to then-Rep. Jerry Moran.) Throughout the primary, the two Republicans sparred over the Affordable Care Act, with Tiahrt accusing Pompeo of voting to fund the controversial health care law.

Pompeo will face Democrat Perry Shuckman in November's general election.

The Huffington Post's Sam Lachman reported on the race earlier this week:

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has benefited from seeking re-election where Koch Industries is based, in the backyard of billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch. Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), who represented the district from 1995 to 2011, has faced attacks from the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (though he once also benefited from Koch largess) and the Club for Growth, which has been sending out emails highlighting Tiahrt's "Wasteful Earmark of the Day." Tiahrt, who has a predominantly conservative voting record, has been hitting Pompeo from the left in the hopes of picking up some momentum.

Read more on this week's primary contests here.



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