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Sanders Wins Kansas Caucuses Following Strong Democratic Showing

Mar 5, 2016
Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Updated 7:45 p.m. 

The Kansas Democratic Party declared Bernie Sanders the winner of Saturday's Kansas Democratic caucuses. The Vermont senator took 23 delegates, and opponent Hillary Clinton took 10. 

Just hours after the GOP caucus in downtown Wichita boasted personal appearances from party frontrunners on Saturday, including eventual winner Ted Cruz, area Democrats swamped their caucus sites to support their candidates.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Update at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican caucuses in Kansas. He received 48.2 percent of votes, per the AP, with 4,161 votes in Sedgwick County.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio stopped in Wichita this afternoon to drum up support ahead of tomorrow’s statewide caucuses.


Donald Trump plans to have a rally Saturday in Wichita as Republicans prepare to vote in the state's presidential caucuses.

The billionaire businessman's campaign for the GOP nomination announced the event Friday, as rival and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was campaigning in the state.

Trump's campaign posted a statement on a website but did not provide additional details.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz also planned to be in Wichita on Saturday to speak at the Century II arena caucus site as voting opens at 10 a.m.

Stephen Koranda / KPR

Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders repeated his call for overhauling campaign finance during a campaign stop in Lawrence yesterday.

The presidential candidate singled out the Koch brothers specifically and said large campaign donors have too much power. He said his campaign has accepted small donations averaging $27.

“I am not indebted to Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuels industry. I’m indebted to millions of people for their 27 bucks,” Sanders said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about a controversial Texas law that has imposed strict requirements on health clinics that provide abortions.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, says the case is hugely consequential for abortion providers in both states because they have similarly restrictive laws.

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Republicans are projecting 5,000 attendees at their caucus in downtown Wichita Saturday. Democratic caucuses will also get underway Saturday, including on Wichita State's campus and in Andover.

Dalton Glasscock, state chair of the College Republicans, says all Republicans who registered before Feb. 4 are invited to attend the 10 a.m. caucus.

Stephen Koranda / KMUW

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz brought his presidential campaign to Kansas during an appearance in Overland Park Wednesday night.

Elizabeth Foster was one of around 2,000 people who came out for the event. She called seeing Cruz “better than the Super Bowl” and said she likes his Christian values.

“I feel like he will fulfill everything that he is standing on now as a candidate. I think he’ll follow through and is someone that my family can be proud of,” Foster said.


The Kansas legislature’s turnaround deadline was last week. That means many bills are likely dead for the session, including one to legalize marijuana oil for treating seizures.

The oil in question doesn’t have enough THC to get people high, but the politics of marijuana make the bill a tough sell in an election year.

Law enforcement and some medical groups think the bill goes too far. Medical marijuana advocates don’t think it goes far enough.

That leaves a couple of Kansas moms whose kids have persistent seizure disorders caught in the middle.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Dozens of young adults took part in a civic engagement workshop in Wichita last week. They listened to their peers in the Republican and Democratic parties. The workshop, put together by Wichita Urban Professionals and Young Professionals of Wichita, was part of an effort to educate millennials and to get them involved in the political process.