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Kansas candidate admitting abuse had liberal message, base

Aaron Coleman
Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 19:15:07-04

TOPEKA, Kan. — A 19-year-old Kansas House candidate narrowly won his primary race with an appeal to young, liberal voters in a safe Democratic district after running for local office just the year before.

Aaron Coleman has put the Kansas Democratic Party in an unwanted spotlight because he admitted before the Aug. 4 primary to circulating revenge porn and abusing young girls online.

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But his 14-vote victory over seven-term state Rep. Stan Frownfelter in a Kansas City district shows how social media and door-to-door campaigning can rouse voters when a district hasn’t seen a contested primary in years.

It also demonstrates how a liberal platform resonates with many Democratic voters.