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Democrats working to compete in red state Senate contests

Following a recruiting success in Indiana, Democrats are eyeing Kansas as they try to expand their playing field into red states and take back the Senate this fall.

GOP Sen. Jerry Moran is up for re-election in Kansas, Republican-friendly territory that's on few lists of competitive races this year. Thus far his opponents are little-known, but Democrats are watching a Kansas businessman, Greg Orman, who ran for Senate two years ago as an independent, to see if he might make another try this year, according to one Democratic official with knowledge of the deliberations.

Orman challenged longtime GOP Sen. Pat Roberts in 2014 and ran a more competitive race than expected,...

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