The candidates are largely ideologically aligned and differ only slightly on policy, but represent the party’s competing impulses

Sharice Davids, an amateur MMA fighter running for Congress in Kansas, arrived at the 403 Club, a pinball bar in downtown Kansas City, for a campaign fundraiser ready to take on the evening’s champion. But she never got the chance. Everyone – from her supporters to the bar’s patrons – wanted to say hello.

“I thought you’d be bigger!” a man blurted as she reached to shake his hand. Davids, whose campaign ad titled Ring features her furiously pounding and kicking a boxing bag, had heard this before.

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