by Garrett Frisk
Even though Kansas is a red state, it delivered several surprising victories for Democrats in 2022. A ballot measure to remove abortion rights from the state constitution failed by a wide margin, Democratic governor Laura Kelly won a second term, and Democratic congresswoman Sharice Davids was re-elected as well, even though Republicans gerrymandered her district to try and get rid of her. Now, Kansas Democrats are looking ahead to 2024, and one has already declared his candidacy for Congress.
Elgin "Eli" Woody is an educational consultant and former teacher running for Congress in Kansas's 2nd congressional district. His campaign website can be found here. Woody, who lives in Topeka, is challenging incumbent Republican Jake LaTurner. LaTurner, a former state senator and Kansas State Treasurer, was re-elected with 57.6% of the vote in 2020, while Donald Trump would have gotten 57.0% of the vote in this district in the 2020 presidential race. All major election forecasters rate this district as safely Republican for the 2024 cycle.