Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has reiterated previous statements that he will not endorse a candidate in the Republican presidential primary but says he will support whoever turns out to be the nominee.
"I'm going to stay out of it, I’m just going to encourage Republican voters to get out, vote in the caucus next Saturday and I think it's going to put Kentucky on the map," Paul, who dropped out of the presidential race in early February, said over the weekend, WLKY in Louisville reports.
"This will be the first time that Kentucky actually is going to help in deciding who the presidential nominee is."
The first-term senator is seeking re-election this year. At one of a series of town halls in Shelbyville on Saturday, he commented on his failed presidential run.
"I worked very hard. I put forward a valiant effort, I think in some ways I brought a lot of attention to Kentucky and some of the issues that affect us and make it difficult for us, particularly with our coal industry," Paul said, WLKY reports.
"It's tough not to win, but sometimes ideas win and in the long run, you win."
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