Keeping an eye on Kansas caucuses today

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Republican presidential caucuses are being held at the county level Saturday in Kansas. There have been no polls ahead of Saturday’s GOP caucuses in Kansas, but the consensus is that Rick Santorum is the favorite.

There are 40 delegates are at stake: 12 are congressional-district delegates awarded on a winner-take-all basis, 25 are awarded proportionally based on the statewide vote provided the candidate breaks 20%, and an additional three delegates go to the statewide winner.

I’ll keep an eye on these caucuses throughout the day:

4:01 p.m. – Rick Santorum was projected the winner of the 2012 Kansas Caucus by the AP.

3:59 p.m. – Google has a nice map of the Kansas caucus results as they come in.

10:47 a.m. – ICYMI: Mitt Romney won nine delegates each from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands after Republicans there met Saturday at their state conventions, National Journal reports.

8:20 a.m. – First Read notes caucusing begins at 11:00 am ET and wraps up at 2:00 pm ET. Ballots will be counted at each caucus site, and then results will be called in to party headquarters. The Kansas GOP expects the first results to come in around 2:30 pm ET and hopes to have all results in between 5:00 pm ET and 6:00 pm ET.

8:15 a.m. – Katrina Trinko: “Kansas is the first state to vote after Super Tuesday — and it looks likely that Rick Santorum will score another victory here… In fact, Santorum and Paul are the only ones campaigning in the state right before Election Day.”

8:10 a.m. – Nate Silver: On the Republican nominating calendar, Kansas is among the most favorable stops for Rick Santorum.

8:10 a.m. – Nate Silver: “The betting market Intrade has Mr. Santorum as a 97 percent favorite in Kansas. I certainly agree that Mr. Santorum is the front-runner there, but that’s an absurd degree of confidence, especially given the poor track record of the betting market in prior caucus states… To repeat, Mr. Santorum looks like the favorite in Kansas, but there’s a wide range of outcomes.”

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