Santorum in Kansas: Not establishment's candidate

JOHN HANNA Associated Press Published:

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is telling supporters in Kansas that he's not the establishment candidate as he tries to lock down a victory in the state's GOP caucuses.

The former Pennsylvania senator spoke to about 250 people at a former railroad depot in Topeka. He then headed to Wichita for an airport rally, causing some grumbling among tea party activists who were holding a rally of their own.

He told the crowd in Topeka that he'd be back in Kansas on Saturday when caucus voting occurs at 96 sites across the state.

Forty Republican National Convention delegates are at stake. Santorum suggested he's at odds with political elites and scoffed at front-runner Mitt Romney's recent comments that it will be nearly impossible for Santorum to overcome him.