- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

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 (http://bit.ly/1TGlZ9F ) reports that Ohio Gov. John Kasich was the first Republican to file to participate in the March 5 caucus. Other candidates that have paid the $50,000 filing fee are 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, and the filing fee is $2,500.

“All three will have good turnout,” Gooch said. “It’s going to be a good year for Democrats up and down the ticket.”

Democrats have been allocated 37 delegates for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forty delegates have been allocated for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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