Paul seeking Kentucky presidential caucus in '16

02/13/2015 05:24 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is asking the Republican Party of Kentucky to hold an earlier presidential caucus in 2016 to help Paul win the GOP nomination for president and avoid a costly legal battle.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported on the letter Paul sent top brass in the Kentucky GOP, asking the GOP executive committee to switch the normal primary system to a caucus so Paul, R-Ky., can run for two offices at the same time.

Kentucky law stipulates that a candidate can only appear on the ballot once, and Paul has said he will seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2016.

Paul has also been exploring a bid for the White House, and if the large GOP field is not enough, he is trying to navigate the electoral process in a state with divided government.

During the 2014 session Senate Republicans tried to clear the road ahead for Paul and change state statues allowing him to seek the presidency and the Senate post at the same time, but House Democrats balked at the proposal.

Paul has asked members from the RPK to convene in Paul’s hometown of Bowling Green March 7 to discuss more details of the proposal.

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