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)

Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

July 21, 2018 - 12:19 am

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.