Kentucky Presidential Caucus Defies Turnout Expectations

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The presidential campaigns did not come to Kentucky much for its first Republican caucus since 1984. But the voters did.

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 on a chilly, rainy Saturday. That was more than voted in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, a race that Mitt Romney had largely already won.

Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Mike Biagi said the vote totals could have been more because thousands of registered Democrats and independents showed up wanting to vote. They were turned away, but not before some of them changed their registration, he said.

Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary is May 17.