The head of the Kentucky Republican Party is calling Saturday’s presidential caucus a “real success," but turnout was only slightly higher at the caucus compared to the last GOP presidential primary.
Eighteen percent of registered Republicans voted in the presidential caucus, compared to 16 percent in the 2012 primary. While there were fears the caucus could go un-noticed, Kentucky GOP Executive Director Mike Biagi said he’s proud of the turnout.
"A hundred counties saw an increase in the number of voters who participated in the caucus compared to the 2012 presidential primary," Biagi told WKU Public Radio. "In fact, 42 counties increased their participation over 100 percent since 2012."
Biagi says the higher turnout reflects the growth in the state GOP.
More than 229,000 of the state’s 1.2 million registered Republicans took part in the caucus that made Donald Trump Kentucky’s GOP presidential nominee.
While many counties reported long lines at their caucus sites, Biagi said the biggest challenge was the number of Democrats and Independents who showed up to vote and were turned away.
Whether or not Kentucky holds another caucus in the 2020 race will be up to party leaders.