Cruz wins Logan caucus, but Trump takes state

By OJ Stapleton -

Some 863 Republicans voted in Logan County’s first presidential caucus on Saturday in Russellville.

Ted Cruz got the most votes among Logan County voters with 337 for 39 percent of the total, with Donald Trump coming in second at 280 for 32.4 percent. Marco Rubio was a distant third in Logan County with 136 and John Kasich was fourth with 84.

Logan County was not representative of the rest of the state, however, as Donald Trump won Kentucky with 35.9 percent of the total vote. Ted Cruz got 31.6 percent of the statewide vote while Marco Rubio received 16.4 percent and John Kasich 14.4 percent.

Cruz did best in the western part of the state as well as the counties around Lexington and northern Kentucky. Trump was strong in eastern Kentucky and also won most of the counties around Louisville – including Jefferson County.

Among Logan County’s neighboring counties, Cruz also won in Warren and Simpson counties. Muhlenberg, Todd and Butler counties all went to Trump. Neither Rubio nor Kasich won any of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

In the Republican Caucus, only registered Republicans were eligible to vote on March 5.

Every county Republican Party had the option to hold a caucus or conduct a regional caucus with neighboring counties. A typical county party held its own caucus in one location. The most populous counties did have multiple caucus locations.

The voting process was similar to a typical Kentucky election. Voters showed identification, signed in, and voted by secret ballot. However, the voting locations were different.

In Logan County, the caucus was held at the GOP Headquarters on the Russellville square.

Next up will be the May primary election, which will feature several other races – including U.S. Senator, where Rand Paul of Bowling Green will be seeking his first reelection.

Two other Republicans have also filed to run, James R. Gould of Lexington and Stephen Howard Slaughter of Louisville.

Seven Democrats have filed to be on the May primary ballot, but Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will likely be Paul’s biggest competitor. Other democrats who have filed include Rory Houlihan of Winchester, Jeff Kender of Phelps, Ron Leach of Brandenberg, Tom Recktenwald of Louisville, Grant T. Short of Owensboro and Sellus Wilder of Frankfort.

State Representative Martha Jane King will also be seeking reelection this year.

She will be unopposed in the May primary. Two Republicans have filed to run against her and they will first face off in the primary. They are Ami Brooks, of Russellville, and Jason Petrie of Elkton.

Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper also would like to remind citizens that his office is always in need of poll workers and anyone who wishes to be a poll worker for the May primary would be welcome.

“We’re always looking for poll workers, but if you change your party, you can’t be a poll worker for a year,” Harper said. “You have to be in that party for one year to be a poll worker.”

To sign up to be a poll worker, you must contact the Republican or Democratic chairman.

“They have to sign their forms with their party before March 15 in order to be a poll worker,” Harper said. “My office will be happy to help anyone in that process of becoming a poll worker.”

By OJ Stapleton

To contact OJ Stapleton, email or call 270-726-8394.

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