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Democratic volunteers take to the streets of Rep. Steve Knight's district to register voters

Pamela Sparrow, left, and Derek Bryson, right, visit Kris Rodriguez, 25. "I really don’t care, to be honest with you,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what party I am or what the difference is.” None
Pamela Sparrow, left, and Derek Bryson, right, visit Kris Rodriguez, 25. "I really don’t care, to be honest with you,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what party I am or what the difference is.”

How badly do Democrats want to oust Rep. Steve Knight?

Rep. Karen Bass, a Westside Democrat, is already paying for buses and vans to ferry volunteers over the Sepulveda Pass into Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and the Antelope Valley to reinforce local Democrats as they start up voter registration drives. Organizers say they have registered 80 voters over three trips so far.

California may offer Democrats a lopsided advantage as a whole, but this patch of the state — where the suburban sprawl of Los Angeles comes to an end and the Mojave Desert begins — is still a bastion for the Republican Party.

The volunteers are in no short supply. Many are political neophytes newly invigorated by opposition to President Trump and itching for something to do.

“In L.A., you kind of feel like you are in this helpless political bubble,” Zoe Ward, a 32-year-old student in UCLA’s film directing master’s program, said after scouring Palmdale for new voters on a recent Saturday. “Coming out here, it feels like my minutes and hours go further.”

Two weekend trips into the district this spring show the task is grueling but uplifting work for some Democrats feeling guilty that they did not do enough in 2016 to help their party.

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