Why aren't any Democrats running in some legislative races in Missouri and Kansas?
As Missourians and Kansans prepare to go to the polls, dozens of legislative districts in both states have failed to produce a Democratic candidate. So why aren't more Democrats running?
Kansas and Missouri party officials cite factors like recent gerrymandering, low pay and high time commitment as reasons for the lack of Democratic candidates in some races. Leaders say those factors can prevent young, working people from running.
KCUR's Up To Date was joined by leaders from the Kansas Democratic Party and Missouri Democratic Party to talk about why we're seeing this in these states, and whether or not they're worried about it.