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Local Party Leaders Gear Up for Kansas Presidential Caucus

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After record setting turnout in Iowa, local party leaders believe turnout will be high here too at the Kansas Caucuses.

Cherokee County Republican Party Chair Lorie Johnson says "Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican you're ready to see something different. So I think that's motivated a lot of people to get out and get our country back on the right track."

The Republican and Democratic Party Caucuses are both run a little bit different, but both begin with candidates and their representatives appealing to the crowd.

Crawford County Democratic Party Chair Lynn Grant says "In the beginning they'll do some short speeches you know one crowd will try to convince another crowd that they belong somewhere else. It’s a lot of fun."

In the Democratic Caucus participants divide themselves into different sections based on which candidate they'll support. On the Republican side, they're free to mingle as they choose before votes are counted by secret ballot.

Johnson says "Those votes will be tallied at the end of the day. I'll send those up to the state party. They'll count those and delegates will be assigned to candidates who've received 10% or more of the vote across Kansas."

There are 40 Republican delegates that go to the party's national convention.

"Three of those are made up of our national committee men and women. Then each congressional district is allowed three delegates, so that's twelve, and then twenty-five are elected at large or state wide."

On the Democrat’s side, there are forty-seven caucuses who vote across the state, one in each senate district.

Grant says "They'll total up the number of people that have registered to be at the caucus and each group has to have at least 15% of that number."

For those still on the fence, registration is required to caucus for the Republican Party, and you only have two more days to do so.  For those planning to vote Democrat, you can register on the day of a couple hours before the caucus starts on March 5th. Friday is the last day to register to vote for the closed primary in Oklahoma on March 1, and February 17th is the deadline to register to vote in Missouri's open primary on March 15th.

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