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Republican leaders call Saturday's caucus a success

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For those in charge, Saturday's republican presidential caucus was everything they'd hoped it to be.

“It was really impressive to see momentum ... of the Republican party,” said Jefferson County GOP executive director Byron Fischer. “All of these people came out and voted in the caucus ... (It's) pretty remarkable.”

Just over 34,000 people voted at the nine different locations around Jefferson County for an 18.5 percent turnout. That’s 8,000 more people than the 2012 presidential primary.

“It's really remarkable, especially in Jefferson County,” Fischer said. “Nineteen percent turnout was our average, but we had two locations with 23 percent and 24 percent.”

Lines were long with just nine voting locations, but the biggest complaint was traffic and parking.

“The traffic was a concern that we didn't foresee, but in the future if we ever do this again, we will take that into account,” Fischer said.

Statewide, turnout was nearly 18 percent. Donald Trump beat Ted Cruz by nearly four and a half points.

Trump dominated eastern counties in Kentucky and in total won 79 of the 120 counties in the state.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio and John Kasich failed to win any counties. 

Fischer believes with what he calls the success of Saturday, there could be more Kentucky caucuses in the future.

“Even when we opened the sites, it was like turning on a faucet, and it didn't stop,” he said. “Republican voters are really in tuned with this election, this nomination process."

The Democratic primary will be held in May. 


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