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Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley file to run for president in Kentucky

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes signs the filing papers of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. They were brought to her office by Clinton representative Jerry Lundergan.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes signs the filing papers of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. They were brought to her office by Clinton representative Jerry Lundergan. jbrammer@herald-leader.com

Three major Democratic presidential hopefuls brought their campaigns to Kentucky Monday.

Hillary Clinton’s “authorized representative” and longtime friend in Kentucky — Lexington businessman Jerry Lundergan — delivered her filing papers Monday morning to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office, placing Clinton on the May 17 ballot.

Later in the day, Grimes said she signed papers sent by mail for Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to be on the primary ballot.

The filing deadline for all candidates is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Lundergan, who is Grimes’ father, said Clinton’s chances to win in Kentucky this year are “very good.”

He noted that the former U.S. senator and secretary of state carried Kentucky by more than 200,000 votes against Barack Obama in Kentucky’s 2008 presidential primary and that her husband, President Bill Clinton, carried Kentucky in both of his races for president in 1992 and 1996.

“Kentuckians know that she is concerned about the economy, helping the middle class and small businesses and is an expert in foreign affairs,” Lundergan said.

Another Democratic candidate to file for president in Kentucky’s primary is Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente of San Diego, Calif.

The Democratic ballot in Kentucky also will contain a listing for those who want to vote “uncommitted.”

Kentucky Republicans this year will hold a presidential preference caucus March 5.

The 11 Republican candidates who have filed for the state GOP caucus are Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green sought the GOP caucus to work around a state law preventing a candidate from appearing on the same ballot twice. He also will seek re-election to his Senate seat during the May 17 primary.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics

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