GOP, Democrats set to caucus

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March 1, 2016 - 12:00 AM

As the nation’s attention swivels from Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina to today’s Super Tuesday contests in a dozen other states, political enthusiasts in Kansas may want to mark their calendars for their own presidential caucuses this Saturday. 

The purpose of the Republican and Democratic party caucuses, which offer a first chance for the eager voter to make her voice heard in the long drawn-out run-up to the general election, is to focus the party’s attention on a favorite candidate and to nominate delegates to send to the respective national conventions this summer.

Participation rules for the Republican and Democratic caucuses differ significantly from each other, but party affiliates will be on hand at both events to walk nervous caucus-goers through the procedural snarls. In the meantime, here are a few points of fact to keep in mind:

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