Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul on Saturday became the first Republican presidential candidates to announce Kansas campaign schedules in advance of next weekend’s caucuses.
The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a five-city schedule spread over Friday and Saturday while Paul announced plans to visit Wichita on Friday and five caucus sites in Johnson County on Saturday.
The state’s caucuses will be among the first following the 10 states that vote on Super Tuesday.
The caucuses run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday statewide. Johnson County will have seven caucus sites.
Gingrich’s first stop will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Kansas Republican Headquarters in Topeka, 2605 S.W. 21st St. He then will travel to the state Capitol, where he’ll meet legislators at 11:45 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Room.
He then flies to Wichita, where he’ll speak at 2:45 p.m. to the tea party convention.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Gingrich will visit the Leawood home of Charles and Vicki Sciolaro, 3109 W. 118th St.
At 8 p.m. Friday, he’ll visit a nearby restaurant (the location hasn’t been determined) for a Big 12 Basketball Watch Party.
At 8 a.m. Saturday, he’ll conduct an energy roundtable in Wichita before departing to visit the caucuses.
Paul also will speak at the tea party convention Friday. His campaign has not announced which caucus sites he’ll visit on Saturday in Johnson County.
The state party permits electioneering at caucus locations.
Rick Santorum is also said to be considering stops in Kansas prior to the caucuses. Mitt Romney has not announced any plans to visit Kansas.