Friday, May 8, 2015

Kansas Democrats Set for March 5 Caucuses in 2016

According to the draft delegate selection plan made available earlier this month, Kansas Democrats will caucus on March 5, 2016.1

The March 5 caucuses only initiates a delegate selection process that will continue with district conventions on April 2 (to select congressional district delegates) and a state party selection of pledged and at-large delegates on April 30, 2016. But the allocation of those delegate slots to particular candidate will be based on the "first determining step" on March 5.

This move brings Kansas Democrats' caucuses in line with the Democratic caucuses in neighboring Nebraska. The two states also had concurrent caucuses in 2012, but in April alongside Wyoming Democrats. That made those three states eligible for the 15% clustering bonus then. That requires at least three neighboring states holding delegate selection events together, but after a point on the calendar in late March. Though Nebraska and Kansas will hold caucuses on the same date, they are but two states and are both scheduled too early to qualify for the bonus in 2016.

1 The above link is to the plan from the Kansas Democratic Party site. FHQ will also keep a version of the plan here.

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