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Will Kentucky Republicans hold another caucus in 2020?

Published: Mar. 7, 2016 at 7:28 PM EST
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Saturday's Republican caucus is in the books, but will the GOP have another in four years? We spoke to the Kentucky Republican Party to find out how things went.

They were in charge of the 2016 caucus for the presidential race, which was held instead of a primary so that Senator Rand Paul could run for president and senate.

While many Republican officials feared a low turnout for the state's first presidential caucus since 1984, more than 229,000 Kentuckians turned out to vote. That's 18% of registered voters and more than voted in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, a race that Mitt Romney had largely already won.

Mike Biagi, Executive Director of the Kentucky Republican Party say that while they are calling this year's caucus a success, it did not come without a few flaws.

Biagi says the biggest of all was the confusion over who was able to vote. "The biggest challenge we found were Democrats and Independents who came to caucus locations and wanted to participate. It was great to have them there. You know, only Republicans could vote. so that maybe slowed things down a little bit."

Republican party leaders say they have not decided whether they will have another caucus for the 2020 presidential elections.

The biggest concern there, is the funding. The caucus was proposed and paid for by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate who wanted to run for president and re-election at the same time without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. Paul ended his campaign after the Iowa caucuses although he still appeared on the ballot.

Donald Trump won Saturday's Kentucky caucus. Trump led Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich statewide.

Anyone who earned at least 5 percent of the vote will be awarded delegates under state party rules. Trump was one of two candidates who campaigned in Kentucky.

Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary is scheduled for May 17.