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Businessman Donald Trump narrowly won Kentucky’s Republican Presidential Contest on Saturday, beating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 4 percent statewide.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has provided the required funding for a Kentucky Republican presidential caucus in 2016.

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The state’s Republican Party leaders will vote in about two weeks on plans to hold a caucus instead of a presidential primary next year. 

The caucus is aimed at allowing Senator Rand Paul to run for both president and his senate seat simultaneously. 

A Western Kentucky University political analyst said the ongoing debate over possible U.S. military action in Syria comes at an opportune time for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Political Science Professor and Warren County Republican Party Chairman Scott Lasley said Paul has long talked about the U.S. needing to adopt a less aggressive foreign policy. Sen. Paul--who is considering a presidential run--has been a vocal opponent of U.S. military involvement in Syria, saying it’s not in America’s interest to get involved in another nation’s civil war.

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Everyone knows about the wave of lawmakers that came onto the national scene four years ago riding the Tea Party ticket. There’s no better example of that than right here in our own backyard with Senator Rand Paul. And as we come up on Tuesday’s primary election, it’s apparent that the Tea Party movement is still influential. But how has that affected the Republican Party on down the line in state and local level elections? Gary Pitts spoke with Dr. Scott Lasley, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Kentucky University to find out.