Dem touts backing of Sanders-aligned group in deep-red Kansas district
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A Democratic candidate running in Kansas's special House election is touting the support of a group aligned with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.) ahead of Tuesday's vote.

James Thompson, who is running to fill the House seat vacated by now-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, wrote on Twitter on Friday that he was "proud to have the endorsement" of Our Revolution, a progressive political group that emerged out of Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign.

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Thompson is running against Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes, a Republican, in a district that President Trump won in November by nearly 30 points.

Still, the race has grown unexpectedly tight in recent weeks amid a surge of Democratic energy in the district.

A number of high-profile Republicans are stepping in to help Estes's bid, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz2 Republican senators introduce resolution to label antifa as domestic terrorists Ted Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50' How to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy MORE (R-Texas), who is expected to make an appearance in the district on Monday.

Vice President Pence recorded a robocall urging Republicans to vote for Estes in the election on Tuesday, and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEx-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud MORE (R-Wis.) reportedly sent out a "personal" fundraising plea to Republican donors on behalf of Estes.

Thompson's tweet was first highlighted by The Huffington Post.