KS Caucuses - Changing of the Guard or Stiffer Competition?

As the dust settles from the first big Kansas caucuses in a decade, I'm left to wonder if the firmly red state of Kansas is beginning to show signs of blue. 37,000 Kansas Democrats participated in their party's caucuses Tuesday night, while only 20,000 Republicans turned out Saturday morning. That's despite the state having roughly double the number of registered GOP voters as Democrats. You could register and declare Democrat at their party's caucus sites, unlike the Republicans where you had be be pre-registered as a Republican to participate. The Kansas Democratic Party says it is still working to get those voter registration cards to county elections offices, so it did not have an estimate as to how many new Democrats the state has in the wake of the caucuses (the Shawnee County Elections Office had not received any yet.). But I'm curious what your take on this is. Was it simply that the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is more competitive and that's what drove people to participate? While no Republican has clinched the nomination yet, either, John McCain does have a sizable delegate lead over Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Once the nominees are known, will Kansas go back to red and back the GOP? Or will a Democrat carry the state? And can we expect this Presidential race to impact our state elections, where the GOP firmly controls the legislature and Democrats have been the minority among statewide office holders? I'd love to know what you think!

 

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