TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Two luminaries of the Democratic-Socialist movement – one of their national leaders, the other their new star – arrived on the Republican Kansas front on Friday and put their liberal message on an unlikely test track  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who became notable in New York City's congressional prime minister after their surprise victory last month, see a chance to influence Democratic voters in Kansas before the state's Aug. 7 primary. They focus primarily on a crowded congressional board in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City.
In an election year defined by dedicated Democratic voters who want to send a message to President Donald Trump, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez bet that they are the liberal march in places where the left rarely competes. Some liberal voters welcome the limelight.
"Progressive voters and even some moderate voters have been discouraged by the lack of positive news from Kansas," said Anne Black, a 43-year-old Democratic district commissioner from suburban Kansas City
The trip is unusual on several fronts. For one, Trump won Kansas by 20 percentage points in 201
This political weird couple is scheduled to write an evening rally in Kansas City, Kansas, for Brent Welder, a labor lawyer who served in a crowded Democratic primary in Kansas # 39; District is running. The district, represented by Republican Republican Kevin Yoder, is on the list of Democrats who want to conquer the GOP-controlled House in November. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton narrowly topped the district in 2016.
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are also planning a joint campaign in Wichita for Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights lawyer in the 4th district of Kansas. Like Ocasio-Cortez and Welder, Thompson was an activist for the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign.
While organizers were forced to change venues because of high demand for the Friday afternoon rally, the race will be held in 3rd district in Considered more competitive. Nevertheless, the Republicans are skeptical.
Rep. Tom Cox, a moderate Republican from Kansas City, said that liberal Democrats were to be found in the outskirts of Kansas City, but doubted whether Sanders' message would be broader. He said democrats tend to split between liberals and moderates, with some union members and supporters advocating conservative views on social issues.
"Even our democrats here are not socialist democrats," he said. "If someone described the 3rd district, I would say that it is right in the middle."
Democrats who have been excluded from nationwide and congressional races since 2010 are having similar debates among themselves. They need to pick at least 23 Republican-held seats to claim the majority in the House of Representatives, and they focus on 25 districts where Clinton won or Trump won.
Leading candidates in the Democratic primary for governor said that their party needs to rebuild its brand in rural, heavily populated GOP areas. Despite the increasing energy among the leftwing Democrats in the Trump era, it was unclear whether there were enough votes in the 3rd district for a liberal Democrat.
In 2016, Clinton's neighborhood in the suburbs and suburbs, which is only a quarter of the way, narrowly escaped with the prolific agricultural prairies that make up a large part of that state. And before Yoder won the first time in 2010, he was held for 12 years by Democratic Democrat Dennis Moore, who relied on moderate Republicans during his tenure.
But Sanders and his kind of liberalism have proved popular. He won more than two-thirds of the votes in the 2016 presidential election, outperforming Barack Obama's 2008 vote.
But Republicans in the 3rd district pay more than 50,000 Democratic counterparts, while independent voters also lead Democrats. Republicans pay 2 to 1 to 4th District Democrats
Liberals argue that they convince not only moderate Democrats or dissatisfied Republicans, but also new primary voters such as Ocasio-Cortez in New York this summer and Sanders "If You turn around the district, you need to involve new people in the political process, "said Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis. "There are so many people not involved."
And candidates promoting Sanders' agenda have won Democratic primary elections in several of these districts, such as in Orange County, California, and suburban Philadelphia.
A Race for Kansas Democrats The US Democrat Kara Eastman won the first of May against moderate former Representative Brad Ashford, much like Sanders in Nebraska's 2nd district, which includes the city of Omaha and its city
In In 2008, Republican-leaning neighborhood where Trump narrowly won in 2016, Obama won the first Republican Republican Don Bacon in 2008. Obama won 2008.
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