Trump Projected To Win Kentucky Caucuses

March 5, 2016 10:50 p.m.

Nearly six hours after poll locations closed, Donald Trump was projected to win the Kentucky caucuses, CNN and Fox News is reporting.

When looking at polling numbers, this victory may come as little surprise. Trump led the field in a recent poll by The Western Kentucky Social Science Research Center with 35-percent support among likely Republican voters. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) polled at 22 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at 15 percent, Dr. Ben Carson, who has since left the race, at 7 percent and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) at 6 percent, according to The Bowling Green Daily News.

But, this year also was a different process for GOP voters in the Bluegrass State. In previous years, Kentucky Republicans voted for a presidential candidate in the May primary, but this year they chose their candidate in a caucus.

Some are blaming the particularly long wait for results on the change from a primary to a caucus system. Before caucus day even arrived, many feared low voter turnout and confusion would plague the caucus.

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