Whatever one makes of the long roller-coaster ride of a GOP presidential nomination race, it’s great to see it enabling Kansas Republicans to play a role. Before the Wichita caucus ends on Saturday at Century II, three of the four remaining contenders may have visited town. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are scheduled to speak at a $25-a-head Kansans for Liberty rally Friday at Century II, and Gingrich plans to conduct an energy roundtable in Wichita Saturday morning. The Sedgwick County Republican Party has said that Gingrich and Rick Santorum are tentatively scheduled to visit the Wichita caucus. John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama made area stops before the 2008 caucuses, so this makes two elections in a row in which Kansas has felt relevant. That’s a far cry from 2000, when the campaign of candidate George W. Bush declared victory in the canceled Kansas primary.
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