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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Caucuses: Saturday 10 March 2012
Congressional District Conventions: Friday 30 March - Monday 23 April 2012
State Party Committee Meeting: Saturday 28 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"15,521  51.10%33  82.50%1   2.50%
Romney, Willard "Mitt"6,346  20.89%7  17.50%39  97.50%
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"4,358  14.35%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"3,900  12.84%  
Uncommitted122   0.40%  
Cain, Herman39   0.13%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"37   0.12%  
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.36   0.12%  
Bachmann, Michele M.16   0.05%  
Total30,375 100.00%40 100.00%40 100.00%

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The delegate selection process herein was updated 4 October 2011 per the KANSAS GOP PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE CAUCUS AND DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN for the 2012 Republican National Convention.


For a candidate to gain access to the KSGOP caucus ballot a Republican Presidential candidate must be registered as Republican Presidential candidate with the Federal Election Commission, file a declaration of candidacy with the Kansas Republican Party, and pay a filing fee of $10,000 no later than 5p CST 13 January 2012. "Uncommitted" appears on the ballot. Write ins are not allowed. [KANSAS GOP PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE CAUCUS AND DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN for the 2012 Republican National Convention Section III. 1. and 2.]

Participation in the Presidential Preference Caucus is open to registered Republicans. [Section II. 2.] Participants may vote in the caucus of their choosing held in the Congressional district in which they reside. [Section II. 2. D.]

Saturday 10 March 2012: All 40 of Kansas' delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Precinct Caucuses. Caucuses begin at 10:00 AM CST. [Section II. 1.] Each voter casts 1 ballot for the candidate of his or her choice. [Section IV. 2. B.]

  • Each of the state's 4 congressional districts is assigned 3 National Convention delegates. The candidate receiving the most votes in each congressional district receives all 3 of the district's delegates. In the event of a tie between two candidates, each candidate receives 1 delegate and the 3rd delegate position becomes uncommitted. [Section VI. 1.]
  • 25 delegates (10 base at-large delegates and 15 bonus delegates) to the Republican National Convention are proportionally allocated to presidential contenders based on the statewide vote. A 20% threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates. However, if only one candidate or no candidate receives the 20%, there is no threshold.
    • [the percentage of votes received] = [votes cast for each candidate] ÷ [total votes cast for all candidates meeting the threshold].
    • Beginning with the candidate who received the most votes, multiply [the percentage of votes received] by [25 National Convention Delegates] and round any remainder up to the next whole number. Repeat for the next highest vote getter until all 25 delegates are allocated. [Section VI. 2. A.]
  • The 3 party leaders delegates (Todd Tiahrt, the National Committeeman, Helen van Etten, the National Committeewoman, and Amanda Adkins, Chair of the Kansas Republican Party) will attend the convention bound to the candidate who receives the most votes statewide. [Section VI. 3.]

National Convention Delegates are bound unless released by the candidate. [Section VI. 1.]

Saturday 10 March 2012 Precinct Caucus.
CD19,7189,71835,04751.935%31,89519.500% 1,82318.759% 9539.807% 
CD27,5217,52133,95352.560%31,50520.011% 96412.817% 1,09914.612% 
CD37,8417,84133,71347.354%32,27629.027% 87611.172% 97612.447% 
CD45,0455,04532,80855.659%367013.280% 69513.776% 87217.284% 
At-Large30,12521,8672515,52170.979%186,34629.021%74,358  3,900  
RNC30,12530,125315,52151.522%36,34621.066% 4,35814.466% 3,90012.946% 
Delegates  40  33  7      
At-large delegate computational details for a 20% threshold:
Santorum: 70.979% of 25 delegates = 17.745 round to 18. Carry forward: 7.
Romney: 29.021% of 25 delegates = 7.255 round to 8 limited to 7. Carry forward: 0.

Source: Kansas Republican Party

Friday 30 March - Monday 23 April 2012: Congressional District Conventions. 3 National Convention District Delegates are elected in each of the state's 4 Congressional Districts according to the results of the Caucuses. [Section V. 1 and 1. A.]


1st District
Delegates: Randy Duncan, Celia Beymer, Vonda Wiedmer
Alternates: Gere Beymer, Jinny Lee Walz, Shawn Shipley

2nd District
Delegates: Roger van Etten, Kris van Meteren, Barb Paulus
Alternates: Melissa Ward, Jared Suhn, Deb Lucia

Saturday 28 April 2012: State Party Committee Meeting. At-Large National Convention Delegates are elected according to the results of the Caucuses. [Section V. 2.]

Kansas Delegation to the Republican National Convention
40 Delegates and 37 Alternates

  • 1st District Delegates
    • Celia Beymer
    • Randy Duncan
    • Vonda Wiedmer
  • 1st District Alternate Delegates
    • Jere Beymer
    • Shawn Shipley
    • Jinny Lee Walz
  • 2nd District Delegates
    • Barb Paulus
    • Roger Van Etten
    • Kris Van Meteren
  • 2nd District Alternate Delegates
    • John Ball
    • Deborah Lucia
    • Melissa Ward
  • 3rd District Delegates
    • Bradon Kenig
    • Steve Shute
    • Congressman Kevin Yoder
  • 3rd District Alternate Delegates
    • Beverly Gossage
    • Nancy Hanahan
    • Representative John Rubin
  • 4th District Delegates
    • Bob Dool
    • Robyn Johnson
    • Mark Kahrs
  • 4th District Alternate Delegates
    • Linda Baker
    • Grace Klaassen
    • Rodger Woods
  • At Large Delegates
    • Elaine Adams
    • Kelly Arnold
    • Chad Bettes
    • Beverly Caley
    • Travis Couture Lovelady
    • Kenya Cox
    • Nathan Cox
    • Karl Hansen
    • Jason Holthaus
    • Congressman Tim Huelskamp
    • Rep Marvin Kleeb
    • Secretary of State Kris Kobach
    • Christie Kriegshauser
    • Arlene Krings
    • Don McGinty
    • John Pyle
    • Don Rosenow
    • Brandon Rudkin
    • Celicia Sanaie
    • Clarke Sanders
    • Ben Sauceda
    • Vicki Sciolaro
    • Jared Suhn
    • Richard Todd
    • Tamara Woods
  • At-Large Alternate Delegates
    • Ron Adams
    • Don Alexander
    • Jane Alexander
    • Rhnae Blackburd
    • Greg Cromer
    • Roseanne Dool
    • Susan Estes
    • Rob Fillion
    • Dr Shanti Gandhi
    • Karen Hauserman
    • Caleb Hays
    • Dalton Hermes
    • Angela Huelskamp
    • Sherri Kahrs
    • Joanne Kensinger
    • Becca Korphage
    • Dee McKee
    • Lisa Ritchie
    • Alyson Rodee
    • Venita Rosenow
    • Dr. Charles Sciolaro
    • Zelma Sully
    • David Thorne
    • MaryAnn Waldenmeyer
    • John Whitmer
  • RNC Delegates
    • Party Chair Amanda Adkins
    • Committeewoman Helen van Etten
    • Committeeman Todd Tiahrt


HB 2126 was introduced on 28 January 2011 and would eliminate the Presidential Primary. The last time the state held a Presidential Primary is in 1992. In 2008, both parties nominated by convention.

On 7 February 2011 SB 128 was introduced. The Presidential Primary would be held on either the 1st Tuesday in April or on a date where at least 5 other states are holding a Presidential Primary or Caucus.

On 25 May 2011, Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Republican) signed HB 2080 and in doing so cancelled the state's 2012 Presidential Primaries. Both the Democratic and Republican parties plan to nominate by convention in 2012. The last time the state held a Presidential Primary is in 1992.

The law now reads: "... there shall be held a presidential preference primary election in the year 2016, and every fourth year thereafter. [KS Statutes 25-4501. (a)]
On or before November 1, 2015, and ... every fourth year thereafter, the secretary of state shall certify ... a date ... on which at least five other states will hold a presidential [primary... convention... caucus...] at which delegates to a national convention are selected. ... If the secretary of state determines that there is no common date ..., the secretary of state shall certify ... a date, which shall be on or before the first Tuesday in April ... on which the presidential preference primary election shall be held. [KS Statutes 25-4501. (b)]"

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