Trump wins Kentucky's Republican caucus

Trump wins Kentucky's Republican caucus

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Donald Trump was declared the winner of Kentucky's Republican presidential caucus Saturday.

Trump received 35.92 percent of the caucus votes (and 82,493 votes overall), followed by Ted Cruz with 31.57 (72,503 votes) and Marco Rubio with 16.36 (37,579 votes).

Trump carried 78 of Kentucky's 120 counties while Cruz carried the other 42.

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"Participation in the Republican caucus has been remarkable. It is exciting to see Kentuckians so engaged, and it is great that so many voters used this opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the presidential race," Mac Brown, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman, said. "Today's success was also possible because of the preparation and hard work of the Republican volunteers at the local level."

John Kasich finished fourth with 14.43 percent of the caucus votes while Ben Carson, who campaigned in Kentucky earlier in the week before suspending his campaign Friday, finished fifth with 0.85 percent.

The state party held a caucus so Rand Paul could effort a White House run and remain on the May primary ballot to retain his Senate seat. Although Paul's presidential campaign paid $250,000 toward the cost of the caucus, he had already suspended his White House bid. He finished sixth in the caucus with a paltry 0.38 percent and only 872 votes overall.

Trump's win doesn't mean he gets all of Kentucky's delegates, though.

Under party rules, the Commonwealth's 46 nominating delegate are doled out based on their percentage of the vote. Trump beat Cruz by four percentage points, so The Associated Press figures he'll get 17 delegates while Cruz will receive 15. Meanwhile John Kasich, the Ohio Governor, and Rubio, the Florida senator, will get seven each.

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