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Paul Predicts Primary Pivot

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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is predicting his showing in the early GOP presidential primaries will “shock people.” During a CNN interview Sunday the libertarian-inclined Republican brushed off suggestions that his campaign is on life support.

Paul’s father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, took the lion’s share of party delegates in the 2012 Iowa contest, but his son’s odds – running in a still-packed field headed up by real estate developer Donald Trump – would appear much longer.

Talking with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Paul said he’ll reassess his run if supporters don’t deliver in the first few primary states but for now, he’s dubious about the polls showing him hovering around 2 percent.

"In Kentucky a week before the governor's race the polls were off by 13 points. That's when they're supposed to be accurate. I think we have sort of American Idol type of polls right now where one candidate is getting an enormous amount of time on TV and people are saying, 'Oh yeah, I might vote for him.' Well, these people don't get out and vote. About 10 percent of Republicans will vote in Iowa," Paul responded.

In the meantime, tensions between Paul and frontrunner Trump continue to stew – with Paul attributing the one-time reality TV personality’s rise to a “loss of sanity” and Trump calling the senator a “nasty guy” who deserves a primary challenge in the Kentucky Senate race.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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