U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz enters Kentucky's GOP presidential caucus, becoming third candidate to file

11/06/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is the third presidential candidate to file for Kentucky’s March 5 caucus, formally entering the contest on Thursday.

Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Mike Biagi said Friday that Cruz, R-Texas, paid the $15,000 filing fee, joining former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump as the only GOP presidential candidates in the caucus.

Biagi said he’s happy to see candidates begin making plans for Kentucky’s caucus and expects more to come as the Jan. 7 filing deadline approaches.

“We have been reaching out to make sure they (Republican presidential candidates) know about the caucus, which they all do,” he said in a phone interview with Pure Politics.

“There’s been a lot of interest and excitement, and I’m just really glad to see that they are starting to file and increase the activity level in Kentucky, kind of in a way that we haven’t seen before, so this is a good thing.”

Republicans moved from a presidential primary to a caucus in August, allowing U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for the GOP nomination and re-election to his seat. Paul, R-Ky., sent $250,000 to the RPK for the caucus, which has been budgeted at $500,000, in September.

The Kentucky Constitution prohibits candidates from running for multiple offices on the ballot.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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