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In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 photo, in Oklahoma City, Anna Langthorn, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, is pictured during an interview at state party headquarters. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Democrats in Oklahoma hope this 24-year-old can help them win the state


Oklahoma is traditionally a red state. The Republican Party currently holds every state office and all of Oklahoma's congressional seats.

But Democrats have a plan to take back the state, or really, a person. Meet: Anna Langthorn. At 24, she's already worked nearly half a dozen years in politics, the Associated Press reports.

And she's now the chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

The newly-elected chairwoman told AP, "There are a lot, a lot of voters who just aren't voting because they haven't been engaged, and a lot of those are young people."

Langthorn hopes her age will attract younger voters as well as help shake up state politics. 

"If we can present them with a party organization that reflects their values but also has a face they can relate to, they're more likely to be engaged," she told AP.

All of those were tripled in attendance across the state.
Anna Langthorn

Oklahoma voted decidedly in favor of President Trump in November, but in the aftermath, Langthorn and the Democratic Party said they've seen a sharp rise in people, especially younger ones, showing up to meetings and events.

"All of those were tripled in attendance across the state," she said.

In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 photo, in Oklahoma City, Anna Langthorn, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, poses for a photo at the door of state party headquarters. Democrats in this red state are pinning their hopes on Langthorn, a 24-year-old woman, to begin leading them out of the political wilderness. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Langthorn is not the only young person the Democratic Party has tapped in the wake of the 2016 election.

In Georgia, 18 candidates ran for Congress in Georgia's 6th district to fill the seat left vacant by Tom Price. That race has now gone to a runoff, and one of the two contenders is Jon Ossoff -- a 30-year-old Democrats hope can flip the historically red district to blue.

AP reports that last month in a special election for an open House seat in a rural Oklahoma district, the Democratic candidate lost by just two percentage points.

While less than 45 percent of millennial voters in the U.S. voted in the November election, that statistic was even lower in Oklahoma. Langthorn doesn't deny she faces an uphill battle, she's confident she can help spur engagement.

She also recognizes she has to help bridge the rift between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. "My hope is that I can marry those two groups in who I am as a person," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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