Recent Republican victories in several special congressional elections – including this week’s in Georgia – have raised doubts about whether Democrats can gain control of the U.S. House next year. To erase those doubts, they’re focusing on several swing districts, including one in Kansas.
Republican Kevin Yoder has represented Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District since 2011.
But for a dozen years before that, Democrat Dennis Moore held the seat.
And in last year’s presidential election, voters in the district preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump – albeit by a narrow margin.
Andrea Ramsey is one of four Democrats seeking the nomination to run against Yoder. She says issues also set the race apart.
“Clearly, our issues in Kansas with Gov. Brownback and his disastrous tax cuts, and Rep. Yoder failing town halls and failing to listen create a different climate,” Ramsey says.
The race for the Democratic nomination in the 3rd is expected to come down to Ramsey, a retired attorney and newcomer to politics, and the party’s 2016 nominee, Jay Sidie.