Monday, February 20, 2012
Presidential candidates will be keeping a close eye on Kansas next month as the Sunflower State holds its caucus.
Candidate Rick Santorum supporters opened up shop in Wichita Monday, making this his Kansas headquarters.
"Everything's coming in from our national offices in Pennsylvania," said State Campaign Coordinator Brandon Rudkin. "The volunteers are pouring in."
Signs are going up, furniture is being moved in and the grassroots campaign is up and running.
"He feels it's important to open up shop here and set up grass roots over the next 19 days before the caucus," said Rudkin.
Sedgwick County will be holding the single largest caucus in the country on March 10th similar to the 2008 caucus at Century II. Organizers expect at least 5,000 people.
Candidate Ron Paul is making his presence known in Kansas, campaigning on an east Wichita billboard.
Paul will have a phone poll system set up and they will be handing out fliers. Paul confirmed he will make an appearance in Wichita the day before the Kansas caucus.
Kansas Republicans held their state convention over the weekend and say there is strong support for both Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is running a grassroots campaign in Kansas through volunteers. Mitt Romney doesn't have any kind of Kansas campaign.
There are 40 delegate votes up for grabs in Kansas, with the first three going to the winner of the caucus. The rest are split proportionately to the percentage of vote each candidate receives.