Officials: 6 Republicans, 3 Democrats in Kansas presidential caucuses

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Officials say that six Republican presidential candidates have filed to participate in the Kansas Republican Party’s caucus in March, while three Democratic candidates have informally pledged to participate in the state’s caucus.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Ohio Gov. John Kasich was the first Republican to file to participate in the March 5 caucus. He is joined by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, surgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businessman Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Officials expect more to join the caucus before the Jan. 20 deadline.

Kerry Gooch, the state Democratic Party’s executive director, says he expects former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to stay in the race through the state Democratic caucus. The deadline to be included is Jan. 4.

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