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Local GOP working to bring presidential candidates to Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Trump, Cruz and Rubio in Louisville?

WDRB News has learned that Local Republicans are trying to make it happen.

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party has booked space for a big rally at the airport Crowne Plaza Hotel. Now all it needs is candidates.

They've all been invited, including the three front runners. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

The Jefferson County GOP is planning a "Countdown to Caucus" rally on March 4, the day before Republicans caucus to cast their votes for President.

"We've sent out invitations to all the presidential candidates, and have asked them to please come to Louisville and make their case before 250,000 registered Republicans," said Jefferson Co. Republican Chairman Jim Stansbury.

Stansbury says the campaigns are showing interest, but, so far, no firm commitments.

And those commitments may not come until after the March 1st Super Tuesday primaries.

"They've expressed interest, but I understand what's going on in those campaigns. They are focused on today," he said.

Plans are for a day-long event at which candidates will hold public rallies, but also meet privately with donors.

"This is a very strongly contested race this year, and the people's voices are really wanting to be heard,” said Debbie Robbins, of the Women’s Republican Club of Louisville and Jefferson Co.

Robbins says one reason the GOP changed from a May primary to a March caucus was to make Kentucky more relevant in the presidential selection process.

"Because I think with Kentuckians, we've always felt like we've never really been a part of the process because by the time May comes and our primary comes, it's over. We know who are nominees are going to be," she said.

For now, local Republicans are optimistic that, for a day, Louisville can be the epicenter of the GOP race for the White House.

"I think they will come, and there will be an opportunity for people to meet the candidates," said Stansbury.

If the candidates do not appear, the rally will be scaled back or changed to a series of smaller events throughout the county.

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