TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Mike Huckabee has a big lead in early results from today's Kansas Republican presidential caucuses.
The lead moves the former Arkansas governor closer to picking up the state despite Arizona Senator John McCain's status as the presumed GOP nominee.
Huckabee had 61 percent of the vote, compared to 24 percent for McCain.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul had 11 percent.
About 10,000 votes have been counted -- about half of the statewide total. The results did not include numbers from Johnson and Sedgwick counties.
The 67 caucus sites will determine how the candidates will split 36 of the Kansas' 39 delegates to the Republican National Convention in September.