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After dropping out of the presidential race, Rand Paul’s political attention is now entirely focused on trying to be reelected to the Senate. He will face two newcomers in the Republican primary and, if he wins there, the survivor of a seven-way Democratic primary. 

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Just as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announces his withdrawal from the presidential race, the government reports that Kentuckians have given him more money than any of his Republican opponents for the White House.

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Eight Kentucky candidates have filed to run for U.S. Senate including the incumbent and the mayor of the state’s second largest city.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed candidacy papers Tuesday morning, just hours ahead of the deadline.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Rand Paul.  The news received a mixed reaction Friday in the state capitol.

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  Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will be in Paducah tomorrow to perform pro-bono eye surgeries. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator will also be holding a 10:30 a.m. Town Hall event at the Paducah Commerce Center before the operations take place. According to a Real Clear Politics national polling average, Paul is polling at about 2.5 percent nationwide in his presidential campaign. So far, no major candidate has filed to run for Paul’s Senate seat. The filing deadline is in January.

Four years ago, libertarians were an important force in the Republican presidential race. In the campaign for the 2012 nomination, Ron Paul was routinely drawing big crowds on college campuses.

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul is moving forward with his dual campaigns in Kentucky.

On Monday, Paul filed to run in both the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus on March 5 and for re-election to his current seat in the U.S. Senate. 

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Thanks to the Republican Party of Kentucky approving a caucus instead of its usual primary next year, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is running for both president and a second term in Washington.

Paul concluded a two-day tour of the commonwealth Tuesday with a town hall-style event in Fulton County. Paul told a crowd at Fulton’s Pontotoc Community Center that he is opposed to sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS.

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  A political operative with ties to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has been acquitted of charges of lying to the FBI.

Rand Paul is trying to have it both ways — running both for president and re-election to his Kentucky Senate seat in 2016.

But whether he'll be able to keep that electoral insurance policy rests in the hands of Kentucky Republicans this weekend.

Kentucky law is clear: You can't run for president and U.S. Senate at the same time. But Paul has tried to get around that law, by pushing for the state to hold a nonbinding caucus instead of a primary in the presidential nominating process.

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