TOPEKA, Kan. -- Hundreds of Kansas Republicans are gathering for presidential caucuses across the state, with candidate Rick Santorum hoping to dispel talk that the nomination all but belongs to front-runner Mitt Romney.
The voting Saturday at 96 locations will determine how the state GOP allocates its 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention.
In Topeka, about 1,000 people gathered for a caucus to hear speeches before filling out paper ballots. Another 1,000 people gathered in Wichita.
The Kansas caucuses come less than a week after Super Tuesday contests across 10 other states solidified Romney's status as leading the race and Santorum's place as his main rival. Kansas is voting ahead of key contests next week in the South.
Also in contention Saturday in Kansas are Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.