The caucus is coming: What you need to know


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians will cast their votes for Republican candidates for President at the caucus next Saturday.

According to the Republican Party of Kentucky, a caucus is just another way of determining the preferred party nomination. Typically Kentucky holds a primary election in May.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, wanted to run for president and re-election. He convinced the GOP party to hold a caucus, even paid for half of it himself.

The Republican Caucus will be held March 5th from ten in the morning until four in the afternoon.

The Republican Party of Kentucky says the caucus should feel very similar to a regular Kentucky election.

Mike Biagi, executive director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, says voting locations will likely be different. He encourages voters to check their caucus spot before Saturday.

Most counties have a single caucus location, while some of the most populous counties have multiple locations.

Biagi also says there is a campaigning area at the caucus so voters can learn more about each candidate before filling out their secret ballot.

The caucus will be two months before the regular primary; Biagi says this gives Kentucky Republicans more influence on the presidential race because it will be at a time when candidates are still competing to win more states and delegates to secure the presidential nomination.

All eleven candidates who originally registered for the caucus will be on the ballot even those some have already ended their campaign.

Kentucky has 46 delegates at the Republican National Convention. Those delegates will be divided to each candidate based on the statewide percentage of votes each candidate gets at the caucus.

Kentucky voters must have been registered as Republicans by December 31, 2015 to be eligible to vote in the caucus.

Kansas and Main also have caucuses on March 5th. Louisiana has a primary that same day.

The Democratic primary is in May.