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Kentucky Republicans Await Results Of Caucus Experiment


State GOP leaders are reluctant to make turnout predictions for tomorrow’s Republican presidential caucus.

Originally adopted to benefit former White House hopeful Rand Paul, the earlier contest will still allow the state to grab a little more of the national spotlight - but Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says it’s difficult to gauge whether Kentucky voters will warm to the caucus.

"The Republican Party of Kentucky has had a great information campaign, but I have no idea since we haven't done it before what the turnout is going to be on Saturday," the Georgetown Republican tells WUKY.

Senate President Robert Stivers agrees, telling reporters he hopes news like Florida Sen. Marco’s cancelation of two Friday rallies in Kentucky won’t dampen enthusiasm.

"What I don't want to see happen is because two of the candidates have decided not to show up here, I think, it is an indicator that they don't feel they have much opportunity to win here. And I think that may suppress turnout," he says.

The caucus is closed, meaning only registered Republicans can cast a ballot. 

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