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Huckabee, Santorum file for Kansas Republican presidential caucus

Mike Huckaby, left, and Rick Santorum, the winners of the previous two Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, will be competing in the March 5 caucus this year.
Mike Huckaby, left, and Rick Santorum, the winners of the previous two Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, will be competing in the March 5 caucus this year. Courtesy photos

The past two winners of the GOP caucuses in Kansas, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, have filed to compete in the March 5 caucus, the state Republican Party announced Wednesday.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, won the 2008 Kansas GOP caucus over the eventual nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, bested former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Kansas but ultimately lost the national nomination to Romney.

Santorum and Romney join a crowded field with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Rand Paul. The only declared candidate who has not yet filed for the Kansas caucus is Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia, GOP officials said.

Republican voters will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at about 100 locations across the state to listen to caucus speeches and cast their secret ballots for their party’s presidential nominee.

Voters from Sedgwick, Harper and Kingman counties will caucus at the Century II Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas in Wichita.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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