Sharice Davids made history in Kansas on Wednesday, winning a 6-way Democratic primary to face Rep. Kevin Yoder, the incumbent Republican in November.
The Kansas City Star reports: “No Native American woman has ever been elected to Congress. She also would be the first openly LGBT person to represent Kansas at either the federal or state level. Davids found out she had won while she was in the car on the way to the hospital to visit a campaign staffer, who had just had a baby. Her mother told her the news.Davids thanked her rival Democrats in the race in a statement on Wednesday ‘for their passion and for engaging in a spirited and important debate about the future of this district and this country.’ All five of her former competitors will join her at a Democratic unity rally at noon Wednesday.”
Thank you to my 5 fellow Dem candidates, who were each a part of energizing our district throughout the primary. I look forward to working w/ them & all of you to change the face of KS politics. pic.twitter.com/xbcc9IzRkt
— Sharice Davids (@sharicedavids) August 8, 2018
The Hill adds: “Davids used her resume and experience to elevate herself in the crowded primary. She also got a boost from national outside groups. EMILY’s List, a group that aims to elect Democratic women to office, endorsed her and the group’s super PAC spent more than $600,000 on TV and digital ads on her behalf. Davids defined herself as a progressive who backs a single-payer health-care system, also known as “Medicare for all,” but has said she wants to consider other solutions that could more quickly expand health-care coverage…The race is bound to test the appeal of progressive policies in a district that has voted for both Democrats and Republicans, going for Hillary Clinton by a single point in 2016, but also supporting John McCain and Mitt Romney by significant margins in 2008 and 2012.”