U.S. Senator Rand Paul

Rob Canning, WKMS

Lexington Mayor and Democratic US Senate Candidate Jim Gray says you will be seeing a lot more of him the next six weeks. The race has been called a sleeper compared to other Senate races across the nation and Gray says that’s partially because incumbent Rand Paul “refuses to give the opposition, my candidacy, the visibility that we are going to get.”

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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, known as an anti-debt crusader, piled up more than $300,000 in unpaid bills in his failed presidential campaign. The Lexington Herald-Leader says Rand Paul for President reported $301,108 in debts and $2,558 in cash on hand as of June 30 in its most recent Federal Election Commission filing.

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Despite his failed presidential run, Sen. Rand Paul easily won the Republican nomination for reelection to his Senate seat last week.

Paul (photo provided) Gray (Jim Gray for US Senate)

The Associated Press has called the nominations for the two candidates for Kentucky's US Senate race in November.

Sen. Rand Paul has secured the Republican nomination in his pursuit of a second term while Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has secured the Democratic nod. 

Rand Paul is suspending his presidential campaign, saying that he’ll focus his energy on running for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

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Kentuckians seeking to run for Congress or Senate as a Democrat or Republican have until this afternoon to officially declare a candidacy.

Through Monday afternoon, only a handful of Kentuckians were vying for the jobs.

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Rand Paul’s attempt to simultaneously run for two major public offices got a boost this week from the the Kentucky Democratic Party’s implosion.

For months, political observers have speculated that Paul’s shaky White House campaign was hurting his chances of winning re-election next year to the U.S. Senate.

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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 Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee on Saturday approved a plan to hold a presidential caucus next year instead of a primary election, allowing Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and re-election to the U.S. Senate simultaneously in the state.

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In about a week, Kentucky Republicans will decide the fate of Sen. Rand Paul’s plan to simultaneously run for president and the U.S. Senate next year.

The state party’s central committee — which is made up of more than 300 Republicans from across the state — will vote on whether to approve a presidential caucus slated for March 5, 2016, a Saturday.

In interviews this week with roughly 30 Republican county chairs and vice chairs, WFPL News found mixed opinions on the presidential caucus idea.

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