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Kentucky GOP Oks Caucus; Allows Rand Paul Presidential Run

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:39:22-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Republican Party has approved a presidential caucus for March 5, allowing Rand Paul to run for president and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat at the same time without running afoul of state law.

State law has banned candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. Paul tried without success to convince the state legislature to change the law.

But a presidential caucus, it has allowed voters to vote for Paul for president on March 5 and then vote for him again for re-election to his Senate seat during the primary election on May 17.

Committee members said their vote was motivated not by Paul's candidacy but by a desire to make Kentucky relevant in presidential politics. Paul's campaign has faltered in the polls recently. 

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