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.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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