Proposed changes to Kentucky GOP caucus aimed at competition

AP News
Posted: Aug 06, 2015 1:39 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican presidential caucus would be March 5 and candidates would only need 5 percent of the vote to qualify for delegates under proposed rule changes. The proposal comes as the state seeks to woo the large field of contenders and their millions of dollars amid Rand Paul's struggling campaign.

The proposed rules would also allow Paul to 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.

The state party's central committee is scheduled to vote whether to approve the new rules on Aug. 22. Republican Party state chairman Steve Robertson said the caucus would cost about $500,000. He said he's not sure how the party would pay for it.