A political tip sheet for the rest of us

By Michele Salcedo

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 6:20 p.m. MST

— Kansas caucuses begin at 11 a.m. EST and are expected to conclude by 2 p.m. EST. The candidates are vying for 40 delegates that will be awarded proportionally.

— Wyoming caucuses will finish up its county caucuses in six of the state's 23 counties, beginning between 10 a.m. EST and 1 p.m. EST and ending by 7 p.m. EST. The contests in the other 17 counties were held earlier this week. A total of 12 delegates will be awarded at their conclusion.

— The U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands also caucus. At stake are a total of 18 delegates, six from each territory.

WHERE THEY'LL BE ON SATURDAY:

— Gingrich: Alabama

— Paul: Missouri

— Romney: taking the day off.

— Santorum: Missouri

— Obama: the White House

APPEARING ON SUNDAY'S TV NEWS SHOWS:

— Santorum: NBC's "Meet the Press"

— Gingrich: CBS' "Face the Nation, "Fox News Sunday"

— Obama surrogate: Robert Gibbs, CBS' "Face the Nation"

AP DELEGATE TRACKER

Totals after Super Tuesday voting. Twenty-one delegates from Super Tuesday have yet to be allocated. It takes 1,144 delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president.

— Romney: 422

— Santorum: 181

— Gingrich: 107

— Paul: 46

IN THEIR WORDS:

— "Of all the candidates for president I am the only one with a consistent history of working to limit federal spending, federal regulation and federal taxes. Americans looking for a candidate serious about putting America back to work by limiting government have one clear choice." — Ron Paul, in a statement.

— "I'm not really a politician." — Romney, campaigning in Alabama.

— "We feel very confident that we can win Kansas on Saturday and come into Alabama and Mississippi and this race should come down to two people," Santorum, at a rally in Kansas.

— "We'll clearly do well enough to move on, and I think there's a fair chance we'll win. But I just want to set this to rest once and for all: We're going to Tampa." — Gingrich.

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