Operatives named state House Minority Leader Paul Davis, former Senate nominee Jill Docking, former Kansas City Mayor Joe Reardon and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor as viable candidates for federal office.
That said, Democrats do not expect an imminent resurgence in the state, at least not until President Barack Obama leaves office.
“As early as 2014, I’m less optimistic federally,” said Dakota Loomis, communications director at the Kansas Democratic Party. “Getting out from the shadow of Obama will be a big deal for our candidates, given how poorly he has been received here. 2016, 2018, 2020 — those races could be much more competitive.”
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.