Republicans leaders in Kentucky will vote later this month on a proposal to change the state’s presidential primary to a caucus.
State law prohibits a candidate from appearing on the ballot for more than one office. The change would allow Rand Paul to run for president and for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016.
Warren County Republican Party Chairman Scott Lasley helped write the proposal that would let Kentucky Republicans to hold a presidential caucus in early March. He says the move to a caucus is not about giving Rand Paul special treatment.
"When we have a presidential primary in May, it generally doesn't attract any attention, and so the real logic for doing this is to become relevant in the nomination process," Lasley told WKU Public Radio. "There's a few people who might be voting either for or against it strictly based on how they feel about Rand Paul, but I think most members of the central committee will approach it as what's best for the party."
Lasley says if going to a caucus brings several presidential contenders to Kentucky to campaign, then the change will be worthwhile.
The proposal would not just apply to the 2016 election. It gives party leaders the option of holding presidential caucuses in future years, as well. Despite the cost involved and concerns over absentee and military voting, Lasley says a caucus next year is feasible.
The state Republican Party’s central committee will vote on the proposal on August 22.