Bernie Sanders rally for James Thompson moved to Century II

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are campaigning in solidly Republican Kansas as they take their liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month's congressional primaries.

The Vermont senator and the New York congressional candidate see an opportunity on Friday to influence Democrats in Kansas and are especially focused on a primary unfolding in the suburbs of Kansas City.

Friday's rally is planned to begin at 1 p.m. at Century II at 225 West Douglas. Watch here

In an election year defined by energized Democratic voters seeking to send President Donald Trump a message, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are betting they can stoke the liberal march in places where the left rarely competes.

But Republicans are skeptical. Trump won Kansas by 20 percentage points in 2016, and Democrats have been shut out of statewide and congressional races since 2010.

Previous story by KAKE News:

A Friday rally for Kansas congressional candidate James Thompson featuring former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been moved from the Orpheum Theatre to Century II.

Last week Thompson’s campaign announced Sanders would be in Wichita and was moved from the Orpheum to the Convention Hall due to "overwhelming response." His "Unite for America" rally is planned to begin at 1 p.m. at Century II at 225 West Douglas. 

Thompson is running to replace Rep. Ron Estes in Congress in the midterms this November.

“We’ve had big names come to Wichita. Donald Trump has visited Wichita. We’ve had other major republicans,” said Russel Arben Fox with Friends University. “That’s where you mostly where you see it.”

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