NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 6:03 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz snared a victory in the Kansas caucus, the first of four Saturday showdowns in the Republican party’s increasingly strange primary season.
Cruz’s triumphed over runner-up Donald Trump, who looked to rebound with voters after a week of harsh rebukes from his GOP colleagues.
Trump, along with Texas Sen. Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, are still set to do battle for delegates in Maine, Kentucky and Louisiana.
Both Cruz and Trump were in Wichita for Saturday rallies, while Rubio visited Kansas on Friday.
The four contests follow Trump’s Super Tuesday triumph, when the billionaire developer won seven states — Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Georgia.
The New Yorker boasts 319 delegates, about a quarter of the 1,237 he needs to nail down the nomination.
Trump earlier took a shot at the legion of critics, led by 2012 GOP presidential loser Mitt Romney, who has gone after him in recent days.
“The Republicans are eating their own,” warned Trump. “They’ve got to be very careful.”