Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rand Paul runs for president, has to settle for a caucus

(AP) — Rand Paul has ended his presidential campaign after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. But the lasting impact of his once promising presidential bid is likely to be a caucus in his home state.

Kentucky Republicans changed their election calendar to hold a presidential caucus March 5 so Paul could run for president and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. Paul even paid for the caucus himself.

Now that Paul is out of the race, he is not backing away from the caucus. He plans to promote it at Republican gatherings in Louisville and Bowling Green days before the vote. He said volunteers from his re-election campaign will work at caucus locations.