Ted Cruz wins Kansas caucuses

Republican Presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to a reporter while standing with supporter Court Oviatt of Logan, Iowa, after a campaign speech at the public library in Onawa, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Ted Cruz is claiming the first prize in Saturday’s four-state round of Republican voting, triumphing in Kansas as front-runner Donald Trump tries to pad his delegate lead in the fractious race for president.

He attributes his strong showing to conservatives coalescing behind his candidacy.

Count Wichita’s Barb Berry among those who propelled the Texas senator to victory in Kansas, his fifth win of the nominating race. Berry, a 67-year-old retired AT&T manager, says she believes that “he is a true fighter for conservatives.”

Cruz has also racked up wins in Iowa, Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state of Texas.

Saturday’s GOP races also include Maine, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Democrats are choosing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Nebraska, Kansas and Louisiana.

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