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Kentucky GOP Caucus: Cruz Takes NKY, Trump Carves Out Small Lead Statewide

Turnout was such that it caused many to take to social media to complain about traffic and long lines as Republican voters headed out to cast their vote in the GOP caucus on Saturday.

Businessman and TV personality Donald Trump won a close victory statewide, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz kept it competitive by carrying most of the heavy population centers, including Northern Kentucky.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio won the endorsement of many prominent Kentucky Republicans but finished a distant third, ahead of Ohio Governor John Kasich. Trump celebrated his victory on social media:

Trump's Facebook page

Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties all went for Cruz, as did other populous counties like Fayette (Lexington), Daviess County (Owensboro), McCracken County (Paducah), Warren County (Bowling Green), and Franklin County (Frankfort).

Trump eked out a win in Jefferson County (Louisville) and ran up big margins in eastern Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky goes for Cruz

The numbers from Kenton County, where voters convened at Summit View Academy in Independence: Cruz, 2475; Trump, 1997; Kasich 1471; Rubio, 1095.

The numbers from Campbell County, where voters convened at Campbell Co. Middle School in Alexandria: Cruz, 1145; Trump, 1025; Kasich, 946; Rubio, 548.

The numbers from Boone County, where voters convened at Florence Baptist Church in Florence: Cruz, 2353; Trump, 2027; Kasich, 1428; Rubio, 919.

Rubio's last place finish in all three NKY counties runs counter to the support he received from Republican leaders here. State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill), former Congressman Geoff Davis, former Senator Jim Bunning, State Rep. Tom Kerr (R-Taylor Mill), State Rep. Sal Santoro (R-Florence), State Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence), and party activists Kevin Sell and Tami Wilson.

Dozens of prominent Kentucky Republicans announced their support for Rubio who did not perform well in the other states that voted Saturday, either. In addition to Kentucky, Trump carried Louisiana. Cruz won in Maine and Kansas. 

-Staff report

Photo: Voters at Summit View in Independence (submitted)