What do Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have in common today?
Democrats in all three states will be heading to caucus sites or polling places Saturday to weigh in on this year's Democratic presidential contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Maine Democrats will caucus Sunday at 2 pm ET.
The Vermont senator could win three of the four states voting this weekend, which would give him a burst of new momentum.
- In Nebraska, there will be caucus locations in all 93 counties with varying times. Some as early as 10 am CT; others as late as 6 pm CT.
- In Kansas, Democrats begin caucusing at 3:30 pm CT.
- In Louisiana, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM CT.
Through his schedule and commitment of resources, Sanders has already telegraphed his intent in the three states where he’s running competitively against Clinton. His first stop after Super Tuesday was Maine, which will hold Democratic caucuses on Sunday. And more than one-fifth of his ad spending since March 1 has been devoted to TV, cable and radio in Kansas and Nebraska. By contrast, Sanders didn’t spend a cent on ads in Louisiana.
There hasn’t been much polling in the states voting this weekend. But the demographics of Kansas, Nebraska and Maine -- and his victories in the Super Tuesday caucus states of Minnesota and Colorado -- explain why there’s widespread agreement that Sanders is competitive in all three states.
In Kansas and Nebraska, Sanders’ economic message fits in with a long line of bank and corporation-bashing prairie populists. He has also sought to highlight his call for expanding Social Security and his opposition to the Keystone pipeline, which would run through both states. Clinton had avoided taking a position on the issue until September, when she announced her opposition.