Presidential Candidate Makes Kansas Presence

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Supporters of anti-abortion activist Randall Terry are opening a presidential campaign office in Kansas, even as state Democratic party officials say he won't be on their caucus ballot.

Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, is best known in Kansas for organizing the massive 1991 Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. He is now launching a campaign as a Democrat against President Barack Obama.

Terry says he received 18 percent of the vote in Oklahoma's Democratic primary earlier this month and could claim at least one delegate under party rules.

However, Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon said Terry will not appear on the Kansas caucus ballot.

"After reviewing our Kansas delegate selection plan and conferring with our attorney regarding Mr. Terry's application, the KDP has determined that Randall Terry does not meet the established requirements for presidential caucus candidates and therefore cannot be placed on the ballot," Wagnon wrote in a statement.

The Kansas Democratic Party will hold its caucuses April 14.


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