- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Republican Party’s presidential caucus next year will not be the first in state history.

State records unearthed by Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes show both parties held presidential caucuses in the 1984 presidential election cycle. State party officials had previously said the 2016 caucus would be a first for the party.

A 1989 report from the Legislative Research Commission noted the caucuses were “met with dissatisfaction among the voters” and the state returned to a presidential primary in 1988.

Kentucky Republicans are holding a caucus to allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and re-election at the same time without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election.

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