Liberal group Democracy for America has endorsed Democratic candidates in special congressional elections Kansas and Montana.
The group announced it would back musician Rob Quist in Montana, who is running against Republican Greg Gianforte for the state’s at-large seat, which was left vacant after Ryan Zinke left Congress to the serve as secretary of Interior in President Donald Trump’s administration.
DFA also announced it was endorsing James Thompson in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race. Thompson is running against Republican state treasurer Ron Estes, for the seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who left the Hill to become Trump’s CIA director.
DFA was founded in 2004 after former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s failed presidential run. It is currently run by his brother Jim Dean, who alluded to his brother’s famous 50-state strategy while chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
“We’re supporting Quist and Thompson in these challenging races both because they’re the kind of leaders we need in Washington and they’re reminding Democrats that the only way we can win everywhere is if we run everywhere,” Jim Dean said in a statement.
Both races will be uphill battles for Democrats — they’re each rated “Safe Republican” by Inside Elections With Nathan L. Gonzales.
The organization claims it has 11,627 members in Kansas and the 6,460 members in Montana. During the 2016 presidential race, DFA endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders after initially attempting to draft Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
Kansas will have its election on April 11 and Montana will have its election on May 25.