FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul has secured enough money to help fund a presidential caucus so he can run for Senate re-election without violating a Kentucky ban on appearing twice on the same election ballot.
State GOP chairman Steve Robertson said in a news release Friday that Paul had secured the necessary $250,000. The deal struck last month required Paul to help cover caucus expenses, estimated at about $500,000.
If Paul had missed the Friday deadline, the caucus scheduled for March 6 would have been canceled and Kentucky would have its regularly scheduled primary.
The caucus offers Paul's campaign a work-around to a state law that bans candidates from appearing twice on a ballot in the same election. Paul tried but failed to have the law changed.