There won't be a Republican Presidential Caucus in Kansas in 2020. That's nothing new, says GOP strategist

KMBZ News Staff
September 11, 2019 - 5:47 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas Republican Party has announced that they will not hold their regular presidential caucus to nominate a candidate for the highest office in the land in 2020.

The announcement has been met with some backlash, with detractors arguing that the move will stymie the voices of those in the Republican Party who oppose President Trump and his administration's tone and policy direction.

Republican Strategist David Kensinger told KMBZ those characterizations are unfair because there is a history of this on both sides of the party line. 

"It's been the practice of the Republican Party going back a century, and more recently the practice of the Kansas Democratic Party in 2012 that when you have an incumbent president in your party seeking reelection, that you pledge your state's delegates to the president at the renomination convention," Kinsinger said.

Because parties are private, non-governmental organizations, they're not legally required to hold a presidential caucus or primary, but often do so to gauge the temperature of the electorate.

Kensinger said part of the reasoning for the decision was to save the Kansas Republican Party some cash. 

"It's very clear, if you look at recent opinion surveys, the president would perform extremely well in a nominating process held in Kansas," Kensinger said. "Even at great expense to the party."

The price tag for holding the caucus would have been around $1 million, according to Kensinger.

The caucus, originally set for March 7 of next year, won't be happening.

That means President Trump will scoop up Kansas as a foregone win, helping pave his way to securing the Republican nomination and facing the Democratic challenger next November. 

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