Campaigns make final push before Kentucky's caucus

Campaigns make final push before Kentucky's caucus

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Republican candidates for president are making their final push in Kentucky before the state's first-ever presidential caucus Saturday.

At the Jefferson County headquarters for Ohio Governor John Kasich, campaign organizers and volunteers made calls to potential voters Thursday.

"He's been the only adult in the room and the only one that has a proven record of success," Matthew Henderson, the state's director of New Day for America, Kasich's Super PAC said.

He said people they're talked to like the fact Ohio shares a border with Kentucky and were excited about picking up an endorsement from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"We've been hearing a lot from our supporters about that endorsement and about the ability of Governor Kasich can win in November," Henderson said.

Trump volunteer organizer Jeff Klusmeier said they're not worried about allegations of assault at Donald Trump's Tuesday rally.

"There's a lot of video that speaks for itself," Klusmeier said. "As far as the Trump campaign, that I know, everybody's moving forward."

He said he's very optimistic about the campaign's results Saturday.

"I think he's going to do very very well and I hope the party gets behind him," Klusmeier said. 

He's concerned about voters knowing where to go Saturday.

"People are confused between the primary and the caucus.

He's not the only one who's worried.

"We've talked to a lot of people who had no idea there was a caucus on Saturday," Scott Hofstra, who chairs Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign in Kentucky said. "They didn't know what it was. They didn't know it was coming up." 

He said this election cycle has been especially vicious so they've spent most of their time with potential voters explaining what's true and false.

"He's protected our constitutional rights numerous times and he hasn't been afraid to go head to head with the establishment in Washington to protect us," Hofstra said.

Senator Marco Rubio rounds out the candidates still vying for the nomination after Ben Carson sent out a statement saying he doesn't see a clear political path forward after Super Tuesday.

"We're very excited, we've gotten a great response," Anne Northup, a former US Congresswoman who supports Rubio, said. "He is smart. He is a leader and he's charismatic and with those qualities, he could beat Hilary Clinton."

She said she's not worried about being behind Cruz and Trump in delegates so far.

"When you move north as we are now and out west as we are now it is more Rubio than it is Cruz," Northup said.

While all the candidates differ, they're all hoping for a strong turnout.

The caucus is closed, which means only registered republicans can vote. It goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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