Kansas Democratic Party

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Now that the registration deadline has passed, both parties in the state of Kansas are concentrating their efforts on getting out the vote.

With just weeks until the general election, both Republican and Democratic parties are encouraging their members to go to the polls.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says that it's not just Democrats that he is concentrating on.

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Kansas’ two main political parties are hoping voters work their way down the entire ballot on Nov. 8.

The Kansas Democratic Party has started a social media campaign called “Finish the Ballot" where they're encouraging voters to consider more races than just the one at the top of the ticket: the race for president.

Field and political director Cheyenne Davis says it’s often those down-ballot races that have the most impact on voters’ daily lives.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending his role as an advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kobach has been giving the candidate advice on immigration issues and advocating for Trump on national news programs. Kobach says his role as secretary of state is both elected and partisan, so he doesn't see any conflict between his Kansas job and his open support of Trump.

“For a secretary of state to express positions, in particular ones where I might have some expertise outside of my official capacity, I think that’s perfectly fine,” Kobach. says

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Kansas Democrats are optimistic going into the November general election that they can gain a strong hold in the state Legislature.


Kansas lawmakers will take part in a candidate roundtable during DemoFest 2016 on Friday.

Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau will spearhead the roundtable discussion along with state Reps. Jim Ward and Brandon Whipple, who won their recent primary elections unopposed.

Faust-Goudeau says they will offer helpful tips to candidates who will be on the November ballot. She says one tip for candidates is to meet with voters and hear their concerns.

Democrats Hope Latinos Can Turn Western Kansas Blue

Jul 28, 2016
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Kansas is a red state. In western Kansas, it’s deep red. But it’s also one of the most demographically diverse regions in the state. The population in several cities in the southwest corner is almost 50 percent Hispanic.

In Finney County, a small group of young Democrats are working to engage that huge group of potential voters who have long been in the background.

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A Bernie Sanders supporter in Wichita is still holding out hope for her candidate to somehow be nominated at the National Democratic Convention in July, but if not, she plans to vigorously help to secure local wins for Democrats. Republicans are also seeking committed volunteers to help invigorate their campaigns.

Die-hard Sanders supporter Carri New is a delegate being sent to the National Democratic Convention in July. She says if Bernie Sanders concedes, she will turn most of her attention to Kansas races.

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For the first time in more than 30 years, there's a Democrat running in every Senate district in Kansas. But their fellow left-leaning Kansans might not be voting for them in August.

That’s because some are so fed up with Gov. Sam Brownback, they’d rather switch parties to vote for a moderate Republican in the primary than allow the governor’s supporters to stay in the Legislature.

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A deadline is looming for Kansas voters who want to change political parties in time for the August primary election.

State law says voters can’t switch party affiliation for the primary after June 1. This is only the second election affected by the new party registration deadline.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says some voters were caught unaware two years ago.

“We had a number of people -especially in July because of the old registration deadline which happens in July- who were used to redeclaring a party and they couldn’t,” Shew says.

Updated on 05/01/16:

Kansas Democrats held a convention in Topeka Saturday to pick the remaining delegates pledged to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But they’re more concerned about elections closer to home.

When state Rep. Jim Ward stood up to give his pitch to the committee that elected him as a Clinton delegate, he looked out at what he saw as potential candidates for the Kansas Legislature.