Cruz and Sanders Claim Kansas Caucus Wins
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won 24 of the 40 national convention delegates from Kansas in the state's Republican presidential caucuses. On the Democratic side, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders captured 23 of the 33 delegates up for grabs. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 10 of the state's Democratic delegates. But Kansas has an additional four party-leader super-delegates who can support any candidate, and one has endorsed Clinton.
Republican Caucus Participants Break Records
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Turnout in Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas have exceeded the party's most optimistic predictions. State GOP Executive Director Clay Barker said at least 73,000 people cast ballots in Saturday's caucuses. That compares to about 30,000 people voting in the state's GOP caucuses in 2012 and about 20,000 voting in 2008.
Heavy Turnout for Democratic Caucuses
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Turnout was heavy at many sites for the Kansas Democratic caucuses Saturday. Supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders lined the streets outside Liberty Memorial Central Middle School in Lawrence, a crowd much larger than had turned out for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton there. Though Clinton is the choice of former Governor Kathleen Sebelius and other state party establishment figures, Clinton faced a surge of new voters and energized progressives supporting Sanders. In Wichita, Democrats lined up down the block outside the machinists' union headquarters to get in to caucus. In the end, there were too many people to fit into the union hall so the caucus was held outside.
School Funding Formula Data Under Review
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Data from the Kansas Department of Education indicates reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would hurt schools in suburban Kansas City. The Wichita Eagle says Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers in February that restoring the state's old funding formula would address the inequities between school districts. But the court left lawmakers room to explore other options.
KBI Won't Investigate Great Bend Bus Incident
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will not take over the investigation of an alleged assault on a bus transporting the Great Bend boys swim team. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir had asked the KBI to lead the investigation because of jurisdictional questions. The Hutchinson News reports KBI on Friday declined, citing an excessive caseload.