Republican voters in Kentucky are howling about the state party's decision to move from a primary election to an early presidential caucus, saying the decision hasn't been publicized enough and that some of their attempts to register to vote absentee have been bungled by the party.
Paul ended his campaign weeks before the caucus, though his name will still appear on the ballot along with other candidates who dropped out. The voting process will be similar to other typical Kentucky elections. Most counties will only have one caucus location. Caucus locations and more information is available at the state Republican Party's website. The Richmond location is the Eastern Kentucky University's Perkins Building and the Berea location will be Silver Creek Elementary School. Presidential candidates might have tables manned by campaign representatives to answer questions for voters.
The rambunctious Republican race for president comes to Kentucky on Saturday with a little-publicized caucus that has some party leaders worrying about low turnout. Primaries for state and local races in both parties will still take place in May.
"It's certainly not unexpected", Turner said, adding that the poll tried to capture the sentiment of those who indicated they are the most likely to attend Saturday's caucus.
The caucus location in Lewis County is at Lewis County Middle School on Lions Lane west of Vanceburg. Rand Paul to run for presidency, while remaining a Senate candidate for re-election. Marco Rubio and businessman Donald Trump - have spent the week trading verbal assaults.
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The fact the voting hours and number of voting sites are unusual in the Bluegrass State doesn't matter to Steve and Nancy Snyder of Boone County. "I think the polls show Trump ahead in Kentucky, but I think it's going to be a small caucus", Paul said. Ted Cruz with 15 percent; Ben Carson with 7 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 6 percent. "I think that maybe doesn't argue as much to Trump's strengths".
But with turnout the big unknown, there are some scenarios that "suggest it could be closer", Turner said. "This is more fun", he tells a crowd in Wichita, Kansas, before the start of the state's Republican presidential caucuses. Most voters are used to voting on a Tuesday in May at their local precinct.
The party's Facebook page is replete with people criticizing the party and U.S. Sen.
For decades, she said, Kentucky Republicans "felt the race was over before we ever got to weigh in".
Once an absentee ballot was mailed to a voter, that voter became ineligible to vote in person at any caucus location. "The one thing that this really did affect was make Republicans in Kentucky relevant to what happens".