Super Tuesday Caucus Conversation

It's Super Tuesday and some Kansans are actually excited about it. For the first time, the Kansas Democrats are holding their Presidential caucuses on this big national voting day. With a tight race between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, party leaders are proudly proclaiming that this Kansas caucus will have an impact. Kansas Republicans are waiting a few days - they will caucus Saturday. A couple key differences between the two: 1) people can show up at their caucus site tonight and declare Democrat to participate; you must have registered Republican by Jan. 25th to take part in the GOP event Saturday, and 2) Democrats will divide up 32 of the state's 41 delegates based on how votes are allocated tonight; it's a winner take all scenario for the GOP - sort of. If a candidate gets a majority vote in two of the state's four Congressional districts, he gets all 36 of the state's delegates. The GOP also has three "super delegates" - the party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman can vote how they wish. (We already know the chairman has endorsed Mitt Romney and the committeepersons Sen. John McCain.) What if there's no majority? In that case, the state's 24 at-large delegates go to the national convention uncommitted, and three delegates go to the winning candidate in each Congressional district. (Thanks to Christian Morgan, KS GOP executive director for explaining that.) There's one other tidbit about the differences in how each party runs its caucuses - there's nothing to stop a person who's a registered Republican from declaring Democrat at the door of a caucus site tonight so they can participate with the Democrats, then show up and participate with the GOP Saturday. I asked both Morgan and Jenny Davidson of the KS Democratic Party about this. Both said it's not a big concern for them. Both felt confident people were excited enough about a particular candidate that they would not try to mess with the system. We'll be following the numbers both tonight and Saturday. Will your vote be among them? Are you interested in the Presidential race yet?

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