Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is expected to announce a GOP presidential primary run in April, The New York Times reported.
By doing so on April 7, the Times said, Paul gets out in front of his rivals by directly announcing his candidacy, allowing him to immediately fundraise for his race well in advance of the influential Iowa caucuses.
April 1 begins the Federal Election Commission's quarterly reporting period, and a fresh start would allow Paul to report strong early donations that could impact future support for his candidacy, the Times said.
While Paul's plans are not fully formed, the Times said, only objections by close family would deter Paul from running.
Associates of the senator interviewed by the Times said it was likely that Paul, 52, would announce his presidential bid in Kentucky and then begin a quick campaign run through influential early nominating states including Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.
Looming for Paul, however, is whether he can preserve his Senate seat and also make a presidential bid. Currently, Kentucky state law does not allow him to seek two offices at the same time, but he has sought changes from a primary to a caucus from state Republicans to avoid a costly legal challenge, The Hill noted.
The 54-member Kentucky Republican Central Committee meets on March 7 to consider that decision, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Paul, in a letter to members,
urged their help in giving him an opportunity to run. He plans to attend and pitch the idea in advance of their vote.
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