Although polls just closed, Bernie Sanders is already projected to win the Kansas Democratic caucuses.
Early reports showed that Sanders won 79 percent of caucuses in rural counties in the heavily rural Midwestern state. More than 40,000 Kansans showed up for this year’s caucuses, which was an increase in turnout of about 10% compared to turnout in the previously record-breaking 2008 election. The state’s Democratic Party officially called the state for Sanders at 8:35 PM Eastern time.
It's official: @BernieSanders takes Kansas.
— KansasDems (@KansasDems) March 6, 2016
Kansas’ 33 delegates are awarded proportionally, though if Sanders manages to hold Hillary Clinton to less than 14 percent of the overall vote, all of the delegates go to him by default.
On the Republican side, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz won Kansas with 48 percent of the vote. Donald Trump came in second with 23 percent. Marco Rubio and John Kasich split the rest of the votes with 17 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Kansas is the third caucus state that Sanders has won in the 2016 contest. On Super Tuesday, Sanders also won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, tacking them to his wins in the New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oklahoma primaries. Bernie Sanders is also projected to win Nebraska’s Democratic caucus tonight, though Hillary Clinton is expected to win the Louisiana primary.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact Tom via email at [email protected]