Rand Paul makes last-minute push in Iowa, files for West Virginia primary

01/31/2016 03:12 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is trying to keep his dreams of reaching the White House alive with an event in Iowa City the day before Iowans make their way to the caucuses.

Paul will be joined by his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, for the “Revolution Continues Rally” at the University of Iowa Sunday night.

The Pauls are focusing on energizing college-aged supporters by discussing the importance of protecting the Bill of Rights and being boldly for conservative ideals that limit the powers of Congress, according to a press release.

Aggregate polling shows New York real estate mogul Donald Trump leading the GOP field in polling in Iowa with Sen. Ted Cruz following close behind.

FiveThirtyEight politics is predicting a sixth-place finish in Iowa for the Bowling Green Republican. Paul has pointed to his youthful supporters and Kentucky’s own gubernatorial election for proof of flaws in polling data.

A dozen family members are planning on hosting their own events throughout Iowa and speaking at caucuses on Monday, according to a news release from Paul’s campaign.

Paul on the ballot in West Virginia

As Paul looks past Iowa and onto New Hampshire on Feb. 9, he will also appear on the ballot in the West Virginia primaries.

West Virginia House of Delegates member Michael Ihle, R-Jackson, filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State on behalf of Paul on Saturday.

After completing the filing paperwork, Ihle endorsed Paul in the primary largely because of his economics-first platform.

“In a crowded field of candidates in which almost no one demonstrates a serious commitment to individual liberty or cutting government spending across the board,” Ihle said in a statement. “Rand Paul stands alone. This is why I stand with Rand.”

“No candidate is more committed to stopping the Washington overreach which has devastated West Virginia’s coal and manufacturing industries than Rand Paul,” Ihle continued. “He is the only candidate who consistently defends the entire Bill of Rights, including the Tenth Amendment, which empowers states to stand up to Washington. Sen. Paul has also committed to repeal the EPA’s job-killing Clean Power Plan.”

Back in Kentucky, Paul drew multiple challengers for his U.S. Senate seat. Paul will appear on the primary ballot in Kentucky and will take part in Kentucky’s GOP presidential caucuses on March 5.

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@charter.com.

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