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Both Republican Senator Rand Paul and one of his Democratic challengers offered April Fools jokes Friday.

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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s not endorsing any of the presidential candidates on any of their positions. Paul, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race just a few weeks ago, held a town hall meeting at Eastern Kentucky University Friday. 

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Voters will head to the polls in Christian and Trigg counties Tuesday in the special election for the currently vacant 8th District Kentucky House seat. The election is one of four next week that could shift power in the Kentucky Legislature.

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Senator Rand Paul’s name will appear on the ballot at this Saturday’s Kentucky presidential caucus, even though he ended his White House bid a month ago. 

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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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