Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

Published 07-21-2018

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) - The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place - the Republican stronghold of Kansas.

They called on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in the upcoming congressional primary.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old surprise winner in a New York House primary last month, and 76-year-old Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, sought to infuse the final weeks of the congressional primary campaign in Kansas with the enthusiasm that lifted her over 20-year Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month.

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Kansas congressional candidate James Thompson, left, U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congressional candidate from New York, stand together on stage after a rally, Friday, July 20, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP) - The Associated Press


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congressional candidate from New York, waves during a rally, Friday, July 20, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. Ocasio-Cortez along with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vt.-I, were at the rally to support Kansas congressional candidate James Thompson. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP) - The Associated Press